Orc Assassin Rogue wins Senate seat
WoW-playing candidate triumphs over campaign criticising “bizarre double life”
Colleen Lachowicz, aka Rogue Orc Assassin Santiaga in World of Warcraft, has won a seat in Maine's State Senate.
Lachowiz became one of the weirder stories of the US election when her Republican opponents decided to pick on the fact she's an avid WoW player. Lachowiz's character, Santiaga, has reached the 85th level.
Maine's Republican party issued a press release describing Lachowiz's WoW habit as a “bizarre double life” and saying that some of her pronouncements about in-game activities “raise questions about Lachowicz’s maturity and her ability to make serious decisions for the people of Senate District 25.”
The attack also quoted statistics reporting the average WoW player spends over 20 hours a week in the game. Playing for that amount of time, Republicans insinuated, might not be compatible with the work habits of a good State Senator.
Colleen Lachowiz's WoW character 'Santiaga'
When the attacks came to light, gamers rallied, donating to Lachowiz's campaign and pointing out that playing WoW, and indeed any other game, is entirely normal these days.
Lachowiz has had the last laugh, unseating her opponent handily.
Her campaign Facebook page now features a link to the Victory Fanfare from Final Fantasy IV, posted “for my gamer friends.” ®
Personal life is personal life
Well, from the way I see it, gaming is a hobby and has nothing to do with her professional life. As long as she gets her work done, she gets paid. She's free to do whatever she wants with the money, including paying for WoW's monthly fees. And she's definitely free to do what she wants during her off hours.
You go girl... um... ork.
Seriously? Even if she does spend 20hrs a week playing (and that is the average, nothing to do with any individual's time commitment), she is still spending less time than the average state senator spends fapping to gay porn. The electorate apparently knows this.
At least she might have picked up some group- and resource-management skills which will put her ahead of most politicians anywhere in the world.
The Republicans in Maine are idiots! Why are they criticizing someone for a perfectly legal, non-threatening hobby? Should we criticize them for fishing 4 weeks out of the year? What about hunting? Chasing tail? All I can say is that they got what they deserved, a good solid smack-down by the voters in her district. Congratulations Colleen! :-)
I have to say that I found this highly entertaining.
I had just begun the article and was mentally composing a post along the lines of "I bet that mobilised the gamer vote" and bugger me, she had! The local Republican party must be kicking themselves - way not to understand the cultural changes taking place in your society guys.
Huh... If that character shot is anything to go by, WoW's graphics are in seeeeeerious need of an update. They're rockin' it Quake 2 style there - I've seen more polys on a pirate ship.
Also, is it just me, or is it kind of dumb to have a bristling suit of armor... which has a plunging low-cut neckline? I mean, hey, stab me here! It's vulnerable!
(I know, that territory is well-trodden, but really...)