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Ridiculed WoW Player Lands Seat in Maine State Senate

By - Source: The Bangor Daily News | B 59 comments

Even gamers can land a seat in the Senate.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Democrat Colleen Lachowicz has secured her seat in District 25 of the Maine State Senate on Tuesday after receiving support from gamers around the world. She defeated one-term Republican Sen. Thomas Martin of Benton who brought international attention to their fight for Senate District 25 by criticizing her involvement with Blizzard's hugely popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft.

According to the paper, the Maine Republican Party launched a website called "Colleen's World" which introduced potential voters to her World of Warcraft avatar, an Orc Rogue called Santiaga. The site offered links to her official World of Warcraft profile, and comments made on the Daily Kos website. There was also a link to a study that claimed the average World of Warcraft player is 28, and spends 22.7 hours wandering the virtual realm.

"So I’m a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things . . . a lot," reads one of her comments. "Who would have thought that a peace-lovin’, social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!"

"Now if you’ll excuse me, I may  have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown him in my bath tub," reads another comment.

In addition to the website, the Republican Party also released this mailer (jpg) which led visitors to the website and used her "I stab things" quote, as listed above. But what Martin's political party didn't anticipate was the response to the attack by the gaming community. A group calling itself the "Friends of Santiaga" established an account on fundraising site ActBlue and quickly gathered more than $6300 in donations from gamers all across the nation.

"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," Lachowicz said in a prepared statement. "Instead of talking about what they’re doing for Maine people, they’re making fun of me for playing video games."

Because Lachowicz received public funds for her campaign under the Maine Clean Election Act, she couldn't accept the ActBlue funds. Instead, Friends of Santiaga contributed the money to the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and MPA Campaign Vote!, a political action committee affiliated with the Maine People’s Alliance.

Naturally the Republican Party tried to spin the act of generosity by alleging Lachowicz illegally encouraged visitors to her website to contribute to the ActBlue campaign. Lachowicz admitted to the link, but said she had no contact with the groups that actually received the money. The ethics commission eventually sided with Lachowicz and refused to investigate the allegations.

Lachowicz, a level 85 Orc Rogue, defeated her real-life Republican enemy by more than 500 votes on Tuesday. Currently it's unknown how many experience points she received from her victory, or what kind of loot the defeated former Senator dropped in District 25.

 

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    halls , November 8, 2012 12:58 PM
    He dropped his seat in the state Senate, that's at least epic-quality loot if you ask me. Congrats Colleen!
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    ikefu , November 8, 2012 1:01 PM
    Glad to see some of the Video Game taboo knocked down a peg. Nothing wrong with a healthy hobby as long as it stays below the addiction level.
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    jellico , November 8, 2012 1:16 PM
    Honestly, the Democrats are no more a friend to gamers than the Republicans. I really wish we could break the stranglehold these two parties have on American politics and get something going with the Libertarians.
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    fuzzion , November 8, 2012 12:58 PM
    Republicans need to shuttle back to reality, just like foxnews.
  • 27 Hide
    halls , November 8, 2012 12:58 PM
    He dropped his seat in the state Senate, that's at least epic-quality loot if you ask me. Congrats Colleen!
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2012 12:59 PM
    He dropped the seat, obv~
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    mightymaxio , November 8, 2012 1:00 PM
    Republicants need to quit ragging on gamers. Go play some more COD bros
  • 25 Hide
    ikefu , November 8, 2012 1:01 PM
    Glad to see some of the Video Game taboo knocked down a peg. Nothing wrong with a healthy hobby as long as it stays below the addiction level.
  • 19 Hide
    Neve12ende12 , November 8, 2012 1:07 PM
    Well we can be certain he didn't drop the Sword of a Thousand Truths!
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    captainblacko , November 8, 2012 1:07 PM
    for thrall!
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    g00fysmiley , November 8, 2012 1:09 PM
    what kind of platform is that.. this person has fun, don't elect somebody who will take part in any part of joy in thier life? next thing you will know somebody who is say a carpenter will get attacked for constaltly working with blades and other instruments of destruction. want to attack a persons stance on an issure go for it, but hobbie sjust seems liek a moronic thing to go after
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    cscott_it , November 8, 2012 1:14 PM
    It seemed like a silly thing to sensationalize. That's all politics have become, is to sensationalize and demonize someones personal life and try to make them look as incompetent as possible because of it. Whatever happened to policies and ability dictating the people we elect?

    Either way, glad to see the stigma against gamers start to wane.
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    captainblacko , November 8, 2012 1:16 PM
    looks like this bloke took an arrow to the knee.
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    jellico , November 8, 2012 1:16 PM
    Honestly, the Democrats are no more a friend to gamers than the Republicans. I really wish we could break the stranglehold these two parties have on American politics and get something going with the Libertarians.
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    captainblacko , November 8, 2012 1:27 PM
    "The roots will heal in time, as will the entire world. The sacrifices have been made. Just as the orcs, humans, and night elves discarded their old hatreds and stood united against a common foe, so did nature herself rise up to banish the shadow forever. As for me, I came back to ensure that there would be a future, to teach the world that it no longer needed guardians. The hope for future generations has always resided in mortal hands. And now that my task is done, I shall take my place amongst the legends of the past."

    very fitting.
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    mcd023 , November 8, 2012 1:29 PM
    I don't think that the reaction to her hobby is a political one, but rather generations older than those involved in gaming see it as a waste of time. They were probably thinking, "How can anyone want this time waster in government?" (gov't jokes aside) What they didn't expect was a bunch of ppl, probably early-mid 30's and under, saying, "Yes, yes we do."

    btw, toms, is it possible to make the comment block restore my post if I hit submit and I'm not signed in?
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    DSpider , November 8, 2012 1:35 PM
    If WoW had harpoons, they would probably be manned every time she logged on.


    And yes, the downvote button is that way --->
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    elbert , November 8, 2012 1:48 PM
    Of the things a senator can be addicted to this would have to be least negative. I would think the majority of the senators are addicted to drugs, gambling, sex, or political power.
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    jankeke , November 8, 2012 1:52 PM
    I am enthralled ! ^^
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    aracheb , November 8, 2012 2:04 PM
    elbertOf the things a senator can be addicted to this would have to be least negative. I would think the majority of the senators are addicted to drugs, gambling, sex, or political power.

    and prostitutes!!!!
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    DRosencraft , November 8, 2012 2:06 PM
    I do have a few problems with some of her comments (the threat to a real person even if it wasn't meant to be taken seriously) but any fool who who bases their entire campaign on attacking the fact someone plays video games sometimes deserves to lose and lose badly. I don't know what issues the state Senate in Maine has to deal with, but if the biggest contention you can come up with for why your challenger shouldn't take your seat is that they played a game sometimes you must not have a very good case for what you actually do.
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    unoriginal1 , November 8, 2012 2:12 PM
    jellicoHonestly, the Democrats are no more a friend to gamers than the Republicans. I really wish we could break the stranglehold these two parties have on American politics and get something going with the Libertarians.


    Like George Washington said in his farewell address "But, if I may even flatter myself, that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated."

    He warned over and over that political parties are a good way to ruin a nation. As with other things. It was a sad sad election seeing so many voting simply because one is Democrat or Republican or because a commercial said this or that. Instead of doing research and voting for a valid reason. Not putting Obama down or up. Personally I didn't care for either. But the pure ignorance of the people in our nation today from the top (leaders) to the bottom (us) is scary.
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