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7:18 am - 11/08/2012
Despite what the Republican Party of Maine might want people to believe, playing "World of Warcraft" does not make a person unfit to hold office.

Or so Colleen Lachowicz proved Tuesday night.


Lachowicz plays "World of Warcraft" as a level-85 orc named Santiaga. She is also a newly elected state senator in Maine.

Lachowicz, a Democrat, beat Republican incumbent Thomas Martin Jr. to become the senator-elect for Maine's District 25 — this after the Republican Party of Maine launched a campaign to out her love of the fantasy role-playing game.

Maine's GOP had accused Lachowicz — a 48-year-old health-care worker — of living a "bizarre double life" and set up a website revealing her participation in "World of Warcraft." Not only did the site show off a picture of the orc rogue assassin character she plays, it also dug up online comments she made about her love of the (sometimes violent) game. The Republican Party also sent out mailers as well as a press release claiming her "disturbing alter-ego" had been "revealed."

But while the Maine GOP had hoped the "World of Warcraft" outing would sour people on her as a candidate, it seemed to have the exact opposite effect. Lachowicz suddenly found herself in the international spotlight, appearing in headlines and on news programs around the world (check out my interview with her here) as gamers flocked to her defense and showered her with support.

And then, on Tuesday night, Lachowicz beat Martin with the final vote tally at 8,666 to 7,753. Despite the small numbers, it was a big win, especially since the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee had labeled Maine's District 25 state senate race one of the key battlegrounds in the country.

"I’m so glad people were able to reject the negative personal attacks that have no place in politics," she told NBC News by phone Wednesday. "It really should be about talking to people about what they want in their government. Not the negative stuff. No one needs that."

She said that she believes, ultimately, the Republican attacks backfired on the party.

"So many people in the district were just appalled," she said. "And a lot of the people I talked to were young, first-time voters and they seemed to be the most incensed by it. They saw it as a personal attack over something that is a normal activity these days — to play video games. And I heard some people say, 'Oh they're saying the same thing about me.'"

Indeed, as news of Lachowicz's win has spread, gamers from around the world have flocked to her Facebook page to offer congratulations.

"My heartfelt congratulations, Santiaga. I hope (and I really believe) that you will perform as good in your new office as you have in your duties as a Rogue of the Horde," wrote supporter Victor Börjesson.

Kathryn Welteroth, a level-90 Worgen from Massachusetts, quipped, "New achievement unlocked: obtain government position. Congratulations!"

And for all her gaming fans, Lachowicz posted a familiar tune — the victory fanfare from the Final Fantasy games.



Lackowicz had previously told NBC News that she had had to put her "WoW"-playing on hold because she had been so busy with the campaign. But now?

She says Blizzard sent her copy of the latest "World of Warcraft" expansion — "Mists of Pandaria." It was signed by the entire development team. After she catches up on her sleep, she plans to give it a play.


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sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
I used to play WoW all the time and it was an A+ stress reliever. Not sure why they used it as a reason for her to not be elected, but I'm glad she got it. I want to be in her guild.
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I had so many characters that it just made sense to be in a guild because grinding was so easy. I was a tauren protection paladin because someone told me that girls couldn't tank and I was like, O RLY?
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
No, I get that. You definitely had to get used to the douchery and misogyny in guilds, but I would always join one when I started a character on a new server, take stacks of linen from the guild bank and sell them at auction so I could buy myself gear, haha. It made me feel like the douches were getting what they deserved.

UGH. You invest so much time in it and someone deleted your account? Way harsh, Tai.
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
UGH, I want to join Skyrim because everyone is playing it and they say that Pandaria is pretty awful, but I just cannot get sucked into another game. I gave up gaming and committed to losing weight instead and I lost 44 pounds. I CAN'T DO IT.
catalana 8th-Nov-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I adore Mists of Pandaria, but my guild is also really awesome. So I've had a very different experience than you. :)
evilgmbethy 8th-Nov-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
ever since they introduced guild perks, it's a much better idea to be in a guild than a lone wolf. though I know on my server at least there are guilds that are like "non-guilds," and people don't interact in them, they just join for the guild perks, which get to be pretty substantial as the guild levels up.
kitanabychoice 8th-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
this! I was a undead destro lock and I just went through slaughtering things with fire and it made my life better. XD
sunktheglow 8th-Nov-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
On a really bad day I would go through about forty dungeons and roll around in that internet blood, it was so therapeutic.
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
HA, yes. I haven't played WoW, but my stress relief lately has been Mass Effect Multiplayer. My coworker and I were talking about minecraft recently, and she was saying "Oh, that's awesome, see, a game without blood and gore, no wonder you play it, I knew they couldn't all be violent" etc. etc., and I said "Oh, when I'm STRESSED I shoot bad guys in the head at point blank range and get splashed by the gobbets in a sci-fi thing." Coworker "...oh."

Edited at 2012-11-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
bleakwinters 9th-Nov-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I would love a _p guild. I'll bring my 85 belf hunter! I can't play Pandaria because they discontinued support for my laptop's graphics card and I don't have a desktop. That was a very very sad day for me.
shadwrayvn 9th-Nov-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I love Mists so much! My druid is looking fine & my new monk is just too cute! I can wait for our guild to start raiding! I love this xpac so much & omg its just so pretty! I like WotLK but it was too bland for my taste everything was snowy & grey & white. Cata was a cop out imo on graphics since it was old world stuff with some revamps but Pandaria is just so colorful & pretty! I loving all the the things you can do.
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