Republicans attack Democrat candidate over World of Warcraft gaming

Republican politicians in the United States have said a Democrat candidate for the state senate is unfit for office because she is a gamer who likes to play popular MMO World of Warcraft.

Republican politicians in the United States have said a Democrat candidate for the state senate is unfit for office because she is a gamer who likes to play popular MMO World of Warcraft.

 
Colleen Lachowicz, who plays an Orc Rogue in the 10 million strong online game, is contesting a seat in District 25, the state senate in Maine, New England, hoping to oust existing Republican senator Tom Martin, who is running for re-election.
 
With the election only a month away, the Republicans have latched onto Lachowicz's gaming habits and set up a website called Colleen's World, which highlights forum posts she made regarding her gameplay, including what the Republicans class as “crude, vicious and violent comments.”
 
For example, the most recent post, which actually dates from 2009, points out how Lachowicz said she likes to “stab things … a lot,” which sounds shocking at first until one realises she is referring to Santiaga, her then level 68 Rogue, a class in the game that is all about stabbing. The Republicans think this makes her unfit for the state senate, but perhaps it is better to like stabbing in a virtual world than the back-stabbing of the political world.
 
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Santiaga the Rogue – more handsome than most politicians
 
At times Lachowicz's posts are somewhat crude, without doubt, but they are relatively tame for what one sees in the MMO community, where ages range from early teens to senior years. Her posts are often taken out of context too, suggesting she in some way supports violence in the real world. At that rate anyone watching a good action film is in a similar boat.
 
“I think it’s weird that I’m being targeted for playing online games,” Lachowicz said. “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!”
 
She 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.”
 
The Republicans believe that the gaming habits “raise questions about Lachowicz's maturity and her ability to make serious decisions,” but perhaps it is the inability of many politicians to relax and live a normal, fun-filled life that has led to so many of the world's current political problems.