State Senate Candidate In Maine Is A Real Orc So Says GOP

Maine Senate District 25 is not normally given a national spotlight. This year, however, the Maine Republican Party made a gross mis-step when they created this attack against the Democratic candidate for the district, Colleen Lachowicz:

Yes, you see it, they based the attack against the candidate on her playing the popular online game World of Warcraft. This means that she is playing alongside 10 million other subscribers of the game. In the game she plays Santiaga, a member of the Horde faction inside the game. Her character is level 68, not the top-level which is 85, demonstrating someone who does not devote huge hours to the game. Yet, to the Republicans, this denotes a “double life.”

NBC quotes Ms. Lachowicz on the incident:

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.

Quickly, other players both from the Warcraft community as well as elsewhere came to her support. As seen on Buzzfeed comments ranging from:

“Being a talented raider in World of Warcraft requires time management, organisational skills, and teamwork abilities far beyond what I’ve seen in most workplaces. It also requires loyalty and passion”

As well as:

“If anything, the fact that her character in a virtual online game is a rogue that spent a good many talent points in the assassination skill tree means she is extremely if not overly qualified for a position in politics.”

Players of these online games, commonly called Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, or MMORPGs, are well-known for their community spirit, setting up charities over the years to help the real world through the efforts of their online worlds. Only recently the announced closure of one such game even drew protests from the community built around it, demonstrating the loyalty one finds among these players.

This move by the Republican party only further cements the reputation of being out of touch with the modern world. If they cannot solve this disconnect soon, there might not be a Republican party left to save.

*UPDATE*Video Game Voters has put up a petition to send to the Maine GOP to tell them that playing video games is not a double life, nor a sign of a character flaw.