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Republicans out Democrat in 'World of Warcraft' witch hunt
NBC News ^ | October 4, 2012 | Winda Benedetti

Posted on 10/05/2012 7:10:58 PM PDT by presidio9

Colleen Lachowicz is a Democratic candidate running for State Senate in Maine. She's also a level 85 orc in the massively popular online game "World of Warcraft." And for that, the Republican party says she is unfit for office.

Maine's GOP has accused Lachowicz of living a "bizarre double life" and set up a website meant to out her participation in the popular online game -- a game that currently boasts some 10 million players around the world.

Not only does the website show off a picture of the orc character she plays -- named Santiaga -- it also displays comments that have been dug up from online forums in which Lachowicz talks about her love of the (sometimes violent) game as well as her thoughts on various political topics.

Among the comments the website attributes to her:

"So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. I stab things . . . a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!"

"I can kill stuff without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others."

"I'm so jealous! I wish I wasn't at work. I'd much rather be gaming with my guildies!"

Lachowicz also appears to refer to members of the Tea Party as, well, teabaggers.

"In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below," reads the website. "Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world."

Meanwhile, Maine's Republican Party has also sent out a press release titled: "Democratic Senate Candidate Colleen Lachowicz's Disturbing Alter-Ego Revealed" which accuses her of living a "time-consuming double life." The party has also sent out post cards that,

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: colleenlachowicz; losergamer; maine; nutburger; teaparty; theteaparty; worldofwarcraft; worldofwarcrap; wow
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1 posted on 10/05/2012 7:11:03 PM PDT by presidio9
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3 posted on 10/05/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: presidio9
Maine has a GOP? And it seeks to attack someone for playing the most popular MMORPG in the world? Did I ask if Maine has a GOP? I forget.

disclaimer: I do not play WoW. I play EVE, where you suffer for being destroyed.

4 posted on 10/05/2012 7:16:31 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: presidio9

HA! First with the South Park/Warcraft reference!


5 posted on 10/05/2012 7:17:39 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: presidio9

Colleen.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 7:18:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: presidio9

Big harry deal. I’m am a conservative, and so far right they had to add a new plank for me to stand on, but I have 3 level 85 World of Warcraft characters. It’s a game people. It has nothing to do with politics, and it’s just a game. Trust me, I am not taking up for a liberal, but I am defending World of Warcraft. It’s just a game, and the very best one at that.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 7:18:58 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: Cicero

Instead of lipstick on a pig, it’s lipstick on an Orc.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 7:20:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: presidio9
In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below

Um no sorry Maine GOP, the liberal democrats get away with it anywhere, doesn't have to be in WoW.

9 posted on 10/05/2012 7:20:39 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Add some green t her face and she LOOKS like an orc.... I can always tell lefties on the game.. they are always horde (and real jerks that love to kill low level ally) :/


10 posted on 10/05/2012 7:21:13 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks presidio9.


11 posted on 10/05/2012 7:22:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lwoodham

Yeah, this is tremendous way to make the GOP as unpopular as possible with young people by looking square, and horrifically out of touch (which a lot of people on FR seem to want to do as well.)


12 posted on 10/05/2012 7:22:16 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: presidio9
Playing such a game is a disgrace this women is definitely not fit to be dogcatcher.....

just a sec...

my guild is asking me to off-tank on a raid...

uhh I mean a friend just asked me an important non-gaming related question.

13 posted on 10/05/2012 7:23:35 PM PDT by apillar
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To: lwoodham

I play Eve Online so I’m not sure about your last comment but the rest is true. I try to contain myself when I hear comments like “OMG you play video games! Dork!!” They usually come from the same people who watch TV for 4+ hours a night while browsing Facebook and Pinterest on their phones.

Games are just another way to enjoy life during downtime. Nothing more.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 7:23:49 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: lwoodham

I play Eve Online so I’m not sure about your last comment but the rest is true. I try to contain myself when I hear comments like “OMG you play video games! Dork!!” They usually come from the same people who watch TV for 4+ hours a night while browsing Facebook and Pinterest on their phones.

Games are just another way to enjoy life during downtime. Nothing more.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 7:23:49 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: presidio9
She's also a level 85 orc

I am so proud that I have no clue what that is!

16 posted on 10/05/2012 7:24:39 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Bikkuri

(and real jerks that love to kill low level ally)
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Wow. Psychologically......that’s scary. I’m thinking “Amy Bishop”.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 7:26:33 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Bikkuri
Add some green t her face and she LOOKS like an orc.... I can always tell lefties on the game.. they are always horde (and real jerks that love to kill low level ally)

Ha! On my server the liberals mostly play Ally and I play Horde. It never fails though, if someone really pisses me off, and I have personality clash with them, I know they are liberals and I will call them out accusing them of being a left wing liberal. :) Laughs. They go ballistic and rant and rave while I laugh at them. They hate to be outed in game.

18 posted on 10/05/2012 7:27:26 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: Bikkuri

So in other words, no honor.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 7:30:39 PM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: lwoodham

Nothing beats trade chat political arguments in Org or Stormwind.

You can flush out the flaming libs so easily.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 7:31:12 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: lwoodham

Yeah, I just got my main to level 90 last night. They did a good job with the latest expansion.

Interestingly, if what I’ve read elsewhere is true, she’s part of a guild originally formed for diarists and readers at Daily Kos; the guild only accepts people willing to agree to a progressive statement of principles.

The playerbase generally skews pretty liberal but that’s more due to the age of the average player (mid-late 20s) than anything else.

(And to the guy who mentioned Horde a few posts down...my main is Horde, a Tauren. The few conservatives I know in my circle of WoW-playing friends almost all play Horde. Not sure why that is. But we don’t play on a PvP server, and those tend to be Horde-heavy.)

}:-)4


21 posted on 10/05/2012 7:31:29 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Strategerist
Yeah, this is tremendous way to make the GOP as unpopular as possible with young people by looking square, and horrifically out of touch (which a lot of people on FR seem to want to do as well.)

Correct. Hobbies are hobbies. Restoring a 64 Impala means you like 64 Impalas. Reaching a high level in a game may be equally satisfying.

Full disclosure: my youngest daughter works for Blizzard Entertainment, but does not play any of the games they produce. Yet she is told that her deparment would not function as well without her.

22 posted on 10/05/2012 7:33:02 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

The orc character is much better looking, and is probably smarter, too. No wonder she likes to escape into her WoW fantasy world.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:03 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: apillar

As long as she wasn’t caught getting freaky with a couple of gnomes in Goldshire, it’s alllll good.

}:-)4


24 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:16 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Looks more like a dwarf or a Hobbit than an Orc.


25 posted on 10/05/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: cicero2k

What’s irritating about this is that the actions of a couple morons in some irrelevant backwater can go viral nationally and make the party as a whole look bad.

Will it decide the election? No. But this story will spread like wildfire on every MMOLG bulletin board in the country and probably sway several hundred undecideds, at least.


26 posted on 10/05/2012 7:37:31 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: higgmeister
I am so proud that I have no clue what that is!

I am starting to regret having started this thread. Reading some of the responses here is a bit like seeing sausage being made.

27 posted on 10/05/2012 7:38:23 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
This utter crap puts the GOP leadership on the exact same mental plane as the democrats who tried to make an issue of a Republican who was involved in civil war re-enactments.

For the exact same reasons.


I seem to recall two fellows who spent a lot of time not just playing a game in a fantasy setting - but writing stories with these same sorts of creatures. Imagining them out of whole cloth.

Fellows by the names of John Ronald Roul Tolkein, and Clive Staples Lewis.

Fairly conservative and Christian fellows, though not evidently up to the moral, ethical, and religious standards of posters on this thread.

28 posted on 10/05/2012 7:38:23 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Strategerist

It’s never a plus when elite country club GOP snobs want to try and prove the stereotype that Republicans are uncool, square, old, boring, judgmental and culturally out-of-touch. Someone tell these idiots to represent conservatism and not to represent their own groundless biases against certain forms of harmless entertainment.


29 posted on 10/05/2012 7:40:36 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: MrEdd
Fellows by the names of John Ronald Roul Tolkein, and Clive Staples Lewis.

I know you like to think Tolkein & Lewis would be playing RPG if they were alive today, but I very much doubt it. Neither would have had the time or the inclination.

30 posted on 10/05/2012 7:41:46 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

I think the more important question is...

...why isn’t she level 90 yet? MoP’s been out for weeks.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 7:41:59 PM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: Moose4

That was a completely incomprehensible, but I love you anyway. Would you like to run for elective office?


32 posted on 10/05/2012 7:42:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Optimism is much shallower than hope.)
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To: presidio9

This is terrible. If I were in Maine, I’d be tempted to vote for her out of principle. Really reprehensible.


33 posted on 10/05/2012 7:44:46 PM PDT by warpsmith (The Country Needs a Little R&R)
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To: presidio9

Of course, it FIGURES that a Dem is Horde, not Alliance. . .


34 posted on 10/05/2012 7:45:05 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Last night in an AV that we won in a landslide I /bg that was like Obama in the debates...CRUSHED

A bunch of people started whining about it lol


35 posted on 10/05/2012 7:49:03 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Tax-chick

Oh gosh no. I’m sure the Rats would dig up some skeleton in my closet about puking in my roommate’s typewriter in college (it was 1986, people still had typewriters back then) or that I’m a racist because I didn’t let a black woman cut in front of me at an intersection or something. Or the fact that I play computer games like World of Warcraft the way that others watch TV, as a diversion.

Suffice to say that there are many other reasons that this woman would be bad for the great state of Maine...the fact that in her spare time she plays a game where she pretends to be a green-skinned orc woman who likes to stab people in the back isn’t one of them.

}:-)4


36 posted on 10/05/2012 7:49:54 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Moose4

There are more people over 50 who play WoW then there are people under 18.

Not sure the breakdown to age 24.


37 posted on 10/05/2012 7:50:17 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: presidio9

No, but they were instrumental in creating the type of imaginative worlds that these games are based in.


38 posted on 10/05/2012 7:50:34 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: presidio9
Just so long as she's not playing poker online. < /sarc>
39 posted on 10/05/2012 7:51:42 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: JediJones
It’s never a plus when elite country club GOP snobs

I wouldn't rule out that that "old religious wackos" may be more descriptive than "elite country club snobs" in this case.

This seems closer to the "Dungeons & Dragons is SATANISM!!!!! OMG!" stuff from the 1980s.

40 posted on 10/05/2012 7:54:59 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
No, but they were instrumental in creating the type of imaginative worlds that these games are based in.

You do understand that this was completely incidental to their intentions, right? Particularly so for Lewis.

41 posted on 10/05/2012 7:58:15 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: KarlInOhio

This is unspeakably dumb.

Altsehastiin - 90 Undead lok Dark Iron


42 posted on 10/05/2012 7:58:54 PM PDT by altsehastiin
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To: KarlInOhio

This is unspeakably dumb.

Altsehastiin - 90 Undead lok Dark Iron


43 posted on 10/05/2012 7:58:57 PM PDT by altsehastiin
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yep, she’s a Democrat.


44 posted on 10/05/2012 8:02:36 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: presidio9

World of Warcraft? Bah!!! I’d like to see her try “World of Tanks” instead. I do like the Diablo series though, I like “World of Tanks,” “Anarchy Online” and “Continuum” too.


45 posted on 10/05/2012 8:02:54 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: lwoodham; Strategerist; Moose4
I think the issue is just a time concern.

I love games as much as the next guy, and used to spend many useless hours on MP shooters, console, PC games, etc. when I was in college and was single. But with a family and work, I find enough time to barely get through 3 or 4 games a year; single player campaigns mostly that take 8-10 hours tops, maybe a tiny bit of MP. Games like COD and Spec Ops: The Line (which was incredible by the way).

But games like EVE, WoW, and other MMOs and RPG type games take a massive, huge investment of time. I don't see how anyone with demanding jobs, family, children, a spouse, not to mention the demands of elected office, could possibly find time to sink 200+ hours into a video game. I remember I put about 20 hours into Red Dead Redemption two years ago, but that was recovering from a brutal tonsillectomy and adenoids removal. I truly envy someone with hours of spare time in a day to play video games, but I probably wouldn't vote for them to hold elected office.

46 posted on 10/05/2012 8:03:22 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

My God, who would pick such an ugly character to play in a game?? I wonder what she looks like in real life.


47 posted on 10/05/2012 8:03:29 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: lwoodham
It’s just a game, and the very best one at that.

It is just a game, and yeah - probably still the best of it's type out there. But it's not nearly as good as it was back in Burning Crusade. They made an already easy game too easy to be interesting anymore.
48 posted on 10/05/2012 8:03:57 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: presidio9

I play that game with my grandson..I have 8 85’s because they have dumbed down that game so much...lots play it so i would use that a means to attack anyone..although a friend of mine said her son played so much he lost his job..but what the heck , he voted for Obama. Most are ant obama


49 posted on 10/05/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: lwoodham

Yeah, maybe I did pick on Warcraft a little too much, but still I like online gaming from time to time, right now, I’m trying to get me a Sherman tank in World of Tanks.


50 posted on 10/05/2012 8:05:07 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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