Maine Republicans Target WoW Playing Rival in State Senate Race
A post on NBC News from yesterday reports that the race for a seat in the Maine State Senate has started focusing on video games—specifically, the game-playing hobby of Democratic challenger Colleen Lachowicz. Lachowicz is currently a level 85 orc in World of Warcraft, a fact that the Republican Party in her district has jumped on in order to discredit her as a viable candidate, even going so far as to set up a whole website meant to document and defame her reputation based purely on the fact that she plays the game and on the comments she’s made in the game’s forums.
Here’s the main argument the site offers up as to why Lachowicz is unfit for the position of state senator:
“In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.”
But NBC reached out to Lachowicz for comment, and this is what she had to say:
“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!
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 post also quotes a WoW forum user, who offered up a defense of Lachowicz and her gaming ways:
“I don’t know that I’d agree with her political stances or that I would vote for based on her policies. That’s not what this is about. What I do know is that using the fact that she plays World of Warcraft against her in a political campaign is absurdly pathetic … I think it makes the person using it as a negative look petty and desperate.”
Above all, no matter what party you belong to, it’s hard not to sympathize with Lachowicz for simply enjoying a hobby. Would the opposition jump on her the same way if she were a big movie buff, or played a lot of basketball in her spare time? “CANDIDATE’S HOOP DREAMS INCOMPATIBLE WITH DREAMS FOR MAINE.” I mean, it’s just unfair, and definitely makes it difficult to see the attackers in a positive light, don’t you think?
What say you? Would you rather have a legislator who doesn’t ever jump into the video game world? Or someone who knows the joy of grabbing loot at the end of a successful raid?
Via NBC News