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article imageGOP attacks Maine Democrat's World of Warcraft 'double life'

By Robert Myles     Oct 6, 2012 in Politics
Republicans in Maine have attempted to discredit Democratic candidate for Senate, Colleen Lachowitz over her pastime – playing the online role playing game (RPG) World of Warcraft.
To us mortals, by day Colleen Lachowicz is a Democratic party candidate for the US Senate in Maine but at night Colleen transforms herself into Santiaga, a scary orc assassin at level 85 in the game World of Warcraft, reports French online news site 20minutes.
For her Republican opponents, this “strange double life” raises “questions about her qualifications” for Senate.
The controversy hit the hustings on Thursday as Maine Republicans launched a website called “Colleensworld” containing extracts from posts made by Colleen Lachowicz with reference to her role in World of Warcraft and on left leaning political blog, the DailyKos, entitled “Orc Girls are Easy.”
The Maine Republicans rounded-up some of her comments and, in the Huffington Post, Colleen (in role) is reported as having posted:
So I’m a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things ... a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin’, social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!"
"Yes, I am seriously slacking off at work today. And I called my congresswoman’s office today. And told them I would probably be calling everyday."
"I spent my day leveling my alt -- an undead warlock…"
"I’m lazy, remember?"
"Now if you’ll excuse me, I may have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown him in my bath tub."
"Or my dream from election season last year where John McCain sat at my childhood dining room table and I reamed him a new a**hole about Sarah Palin."
David Sorensen, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Maine chimed in, "These are strange and disturbing comments. They raise questions about the maturity of Lachowicz and her ability to take serious decisions on behalf of the citizens of District 25.”
Lachowicz was not slow to respond. In a statement issued Thursday she said, ““I think it’s weird that I’m being targeted for playing online games. Apparently I’m in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games. What’s next? Will I be ostracized for playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends? If so, guilty as charged!”
Lachowicz added, “What’s really weird is that the Republicans are going after my hobbies instead of talking about their record while they’ve been running Augusta for the last two years. Instead of talking about what they’re doing for Maine people, they’re making fun of me for playing video games. Did you know that more people over the age of 50 play video games than under the age of 18? As a gamer, I’m in good company with folks like Jodie Foster, Vin Diesel, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams. Maybe it’s the Republican Party that is out of touch.”
Judging by comments posted on her Facebook page, if the election were to be decided by Facebook likes and comments, Colleen might already be home and hosed. Support was pouring in from gamers not just in the US but from places as diverse as Finland and the UK.
Do the Maine Republicans realise just what sort of a Horde they may have stirred up?
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