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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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moonbladem 8th-Nov-2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats Senator-elect Colleen Lachowicz!

And no kidding her outing by the GOP backfired big time. It was totally ridiculous to begin with. Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry because guess what? There are tons of gamers out there, including myself. One of my biggest stress relievers? Playing Streets of Rage on the Genesis after a crappy day at work!
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
This Dara O'Briain bit is relevant to this comment (and the entire article. and my life):

maisontv 8th-Nov-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
oh my god, I'm laughing so hard I can't breathe
the_physicist 8th-Nov-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
LOL!
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Dara O'Briain is the bomb. As a science type you should totally watch more of his stuff - he has 0 tolerance for quackery and false equivalence, it's GREAT.
the_physicist 8th-Nov-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
he does shows just round the corner from where i live fairly regularly. i should go some time.
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Excuse me, I'll just be over here drowning in my own jealousy.
the_physicist 8th-Nov-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
best was when i once saw Bill Bailey live and he completely lost it on stage and forgot what he was meant to be doing so instead he got on the floor and rolled himself up the rug. lol. XD
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
LOL!

Bill Bailey is just so endearingly ... endearing (Excuse me, I'm experiencing jealousy related vocabulary failure).

The only one of my comic idols I've gotten to see live is Tim Minchin. That concert was brilliant. At one point the theatre -- a historical one that had JUST reopened -- experienced major technical difficulties. If you can call "Water dripping from somewhere in the flies to the stage right next to the piano" technical difficulties. Watching him play around with that was GREAT.
the_physicist 8th-Nov-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
No need to be too jealous. I've only seen Bill Bailey. Tim Mitchin's stuff looks good from what I've seen on YouTube (which isn't a huge amount, but still...). I can imagine he'd be good at improvising in such a situation.
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I fucking love Dara O'Briain. So on point. I wish I could see him live sometime, but alas, America.

Edited at 2012-11-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
msdevin92 8th-Nov-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
This skit has convinced me to hunt down more of his stuff. Thanks for the link!
maladaptive 8th-Nov-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
You know, I've only ever seen the bit about "video games are the only art form you can be bad at." I didn't know there was any more of it... but omg the crouching killed me. Story of my gaming life!

(I love Dara O'Briain soooo much)
skellington1 8th-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
That is my FAVORITE bit (though I'm also partial to "you can always suck a little cock to get ahead in the music industry - red green blue red --). I have that problem all the time. WHICH ONE OF THESE BUTTONS IS NOT CROUCH?!
4eyedblonde 8th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
omg that Snake bit

So incredibly accurate
yndigot 9th-Nov-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I can always count on you to bring the relevant Dara O'Briain reference. ^_^
dustbunny105 8th-Nov-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Omg, Streets of Rage. I wish I still had my old Genesis ;-;
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