Politican is attacked for playing World of Warcraft

I’m fairly certain we would all agree that politics is dirty. However, I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a politician being publicly attacked for… playing World of Warcraft. Yeah, it happened — in Maine, United States.

You see there is an election being held for a spot in the Maine State Senate. As with most all local, state, and national elections, the spot is being fought over by a Republican and a Democratic. Apparently the Republican party thinks playing violent video games is bad for a public representative because it released a flyer, shown in the above screenshot, that tells people “Colleen Lachowicz [the Democrat] spends hundreds of hours playing in her online world Azeroth, as an Orc Assassination Rogue named Santiaga” and quotes Lachowicz as making multiple comments about how she enjoys the game, such as “I love poisoning and stabbing! It is fun” and “I can kill stuff without going to jail, there are some days when this is more necessary than others.”

For those that don’t know, World of Warcraft is an extremely popular (albeit less popular today than it was half a decade ago), massive multiplayer online role playing game. Basically in WoW you create a character and play as that character in a virtual world with other people.

The obvious attempt by the Republicans is to try to paint Lachowicz as a violence obsessed fiend and as someone incapable of serving in a public position. Because we all know videos games = real life. Aside from that, the Maine Republicans wants everyone to know that Lachowicz is “lazy” for playing videos games; the following is a statement by their spokesperson, David Sorensen:

Referring to herself as ‘lazy’ and writing about how she has been playing World of Warcraft all day and has gotten nothing done at work, combined with the number of hours most World of Warcraft gamers spend playing the game (22.7 per week, on average) and the number it must have taken her to reach such a high level – all raise questions about her work ethic and her ability to devote her time and energy to serving the people of Senate District 25 in a mature and effective manner.

Well, Mr. Sorensen, you sir are an idiot. First of all, being an ex-WoWer, I know it doesn’t take that long to reach “such a high level”. Secondly, millions of people balance video games and real life on a daily basis. Just because Lachowicz loves her WoW fix that doesn’t make her any less of a responsible person than your or me. In fact, I would argue 22.7 hours per week (roughly three hours a day) means she is responsible. Trust me when I say that WoW addicts spend a lot more than 22.7 hours on WoW a week and the fact that she can have her fix but not over do it or neglect real life means she is not an addict but rather someone that likes to wind down by playing the game.

I’m fairly certain it isn’t a core Republican strategy to attack their opponents for casual game play (yes, 22.7 hours a week is considered casual — a hobby); clearly their Maine branch isn’t in tune with their inner GOP.

For her part, Lachowicz is being very mature in her response. The following is her statement:

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.

If I were living in Maine’s Senate District 25, I know who I would vote for. And it has nothing to do with Republican vs Democrat (I’m a member of neither party.)

[via ArsTechnica]

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8 comments

  1. ovl

    Liberals are not bright. If they were smart, they wouldn’t be liberals.

    In her posts on gaming forums, Lachowicz admitted to “seriously slacking off at work”. In a discussion regarding the Tax Policy, she says she wants to “go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown HIM in my Bathtub”. Lachowicz accepted that she “should not get away with crude, vicious, and violent online comments.”

    So she is stupid as charged.

    BTW, one gamer in her reply to Lachowicz’s posts, said: “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?!”

    Finally, David Sorenson, communications director for the Maine Republican party, told ABC News that Republicans are criticizing Lachowicz for “the comments she made while gaming” – not for gaming, in itself.

  2. Jeania

    rofl well played ^^
    btw… deaths per second, geesh, i need to go back to wow.. i the game i’m playing i’m only getting damage per second :(

    lol seriously, i’d vote for her ^^ quick thinking and honesty…rarities.

  3. Coyote

    @AFPhys:
    I would have to say playing the game shows she is good at time management, provided she doesn’t play in the office or to much outside to affect her job. Add the teamwork skills and ability to micromanage and you get skills most politicos are lacking.

  4. clockmendergb

    They have no substance in their politics to WOW us with.
    (Yes it was a Pun Republicans)

    So the old standby of trying to bring their opposition down to their level is all they can think of.

    from my experience a republican lover spends far more than 22 hours a week trolling the forums using vulgar and nauseatingly ways to attack somebody with a different opinion than their own .

    Examples are everywhere
    so do not ask me to prove my point.

  5. vandamme

    “playing World of Warcraft all day and has gotten nothing done at work” fits in well with the current State Senate, I suppose, but I think it’s time we elected people who actually want to get something useful done. What she wants to do in her own time is her choice.

  6. AFPhys

    I don’t know about the time she spends – I agree that she may not be much of an addict. However, the way she thinks and talks in this “fantasy world” is more than slightly likely to be the way she thinks in the real world outside of public view.

    That certainly informs me as to whether I should vote for her.

    I would look elsewhere.

    (Yes – I am a war-gamer – started playing D&D in the 70′s, was a DM, and have gone through stages of total devotion to war/strategy games… so I know the genre very well.)

  7. Represent

    In the midst of the constant Republican memes attacking minorities, women, the very old, the very young, education, climate science and evolution, this is perhaps the least of them.

    We can suspect, in fact, that there are more gamers, even in Maine, than there are Republicans. You’ve gotta wonder what is going on in their heads, don’t you?