WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70 Orc Hunter

June 6, 2008 -

Last week GamePolitics reported that Jeanne Stevens (left), Republican candidate for the Connecticut legislature, is a World of Warcraft gamer.

In an detailed follow-up inteview with Stevens, MMO site Wandering Goblin learned that the would-be legislator maintains a trio of Horde avatars on the Alexstrasza server:

It was my father who introduced us to WoW three years ago. The boys would watch him play and he’d let them make his characters jump and dance. Then my brother began playing and naturally I began too. We haven’t stopped since.

 

I have three characters... a 70 Orc hunter (12 beast mastery, 26 marksman, 23 survival); 58 Troll shaman (43 elemental, 6 enhancement); and, a 53 Blood Elf rogue (36 assassination, 5 combat, 3 subtlety)... I dislike PvPand generally only tag my characters if I’m on a specific quest. I play to relax and typically will help one of my younger sons with their quests – they have multiple low level characters. I guess I’m mostly PvE.

Gamers will be pleased to hear that candidate Stevens is no fan of video game legislation:

Parents need to start parenting! You are the adult. You are responsible for what happens within your home. If you don’t like the content of a t.v. show, game, book, etc., don’t allow it in your home – that is your choice – you get to be the legislator, you make the laws of your home. Don’t abdicate that responsibility to the government. Exercise your own common sense – way back when, I enjoyed listening to Howard Stern on my commute to work – if he was getting too raunchy for my tastes, I changed the dial – and, I never listened to him if my kids were in the car.

You won't find GTA IV at the Stevens homestead, however:

WoW is the sum total of my experience. We’ll get Lich King when it comes out. The boys play Xbox live, Halo and Call of Duty series, though Guitar Hero is getting quite a bit of play now. As a parent, I will not allow GTA in my home – that is my choice. If you’d like to play it in your home, go for it.

Wandering Goblin even tossed in a Jack Thompson question. Stevens fielded it like a true politician:

He’s entitled to his opinions.
 

GP: Terrific interview by Wandering Goblin, even if they did mess up the title (The WoW-Playing Congressional Candidate). Stevens is running for the Connecticut House of Representatives, not the U.S. House.

By the way, judging from the pic supplied by Stevens to Wandering Goblin, the candidate must have been munching on WoW's Savoury Deviate Delight.


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Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

Thanks good job;

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

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Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it's due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA's Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there's no one left on the Board.

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

 

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Shes level 70.. i dont see her getting much political work done then!

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

That woman should be the next president.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

I think I would have a lot more in beastmastery and marksmanship...

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

She allows Halo in her house but not GTA?  So it's okay to shoot people as long as they look different.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

I think there's a gulf of distance between Halo and GTA, it's not about the level of violence, it's about the moral choices. Killing someone that's trying to kill you in a war scenario is different than a game that allows you to steal and murder civilians. Some younger gamers might be able to handle GTA, but it definitely takes a greater level of maturity. At least she's reviewed the content of what her children are playing and as a parent has made an informed decision on what they're allowed to play. Better than dumbasses buying their kids anything they want and then going all OMG and blaming the game company when they find out what it's about.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

Of course Halo and GTA are exactly the same.  for all the talk here about how its is a parent's responsibility to control what their childern play I am surprised that so many are critical of her choice, she is not saying that the Government should ban GTA she simply does not want it in her house and that is fine, do not look into it, deal with it. 

 

 

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Not another hunter!!!!

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

Deep inside a secret bunker, buried hundreds of feet below the Miami Civil Court House at 75 West Flagler Street, a team of lawyers, judges, and clerks sit huddled around a complicated computer display panel. Large flat screen TVs dot the wall. The room is bathed in a dark cool blue light.
Suddenly a fax machine beeps to life. “Incoming!” shouts a clerk nearest to the fax machine. A klaxon bell rings as the machine starts churning out paper.
A solid steel door operating on hydraulics whooses open, and in strolls Commander “County” Joe Farina, the Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit. Directly behind him are Judges Dava Tunis and Ron Friedman, and several clerks from the clerks office.

“Whatta we got?” Asks Farina.
The clerk quickly scans the fax. “Nothing new. A demand to comply with the public records request for Dava’s third grade report card, two new lawsuits, oh, and here’s a new one: a lawsuit against the janitors at the Justice Building for not cleaning the bathroom on the sixth floor.”

“Total for the week?” Farina asks.
The clerk types some commands into a keyboard and one of the flat HDTVS on the wall flickers to life showing the total number of faxes, emails, lawsuits and public records requests filed by Fake Jake Thompson, Esq., and Gadfly.”

“He’s down 20% from last week on the lawsuits, and 38% on the public records requests” the clerk notes.
“Yeah but this was a four day week” Farina reminds the clerk.
Welcome to “TASK FORCE THOMPSON”, Fake Jake’s worst fears confirmed: an elaborate and systemic conspiracy to deprive Fake Jake of all of his rights by a team of judges, clerks, lawyers, all funded generously by the video game and porn industry.

Farina calls the meeting to order. He quickly goes through a list of some mundane tasks. “OK. Item 11, the disciplinary hearing last week. Dava, what’s next?”

Judge Dava Tunis stands up. She has led Operation “Punch his ticket” in a coordinated effort with the Florida bar and various nationwide gay rights groups to have Fake Jake’s license to practice law revoked in Florida.

“It’s all in the clear from here. I recommended a ten year disbarment, and he stormed out in the middle of the hearing. The Supreme Court will confirm and approve this in the fall and that’s that.”
Farina nodded. “I see he handed out written objections.”
Dava frowned. “Nothing I could do about that. He snuck them past my bailiff in his pants.”

Farina was not happy. “Dammit. The Video and Porn industry pays us good money to keep that man muzzled. I am not happy he was able to make a statement in front of reporters. We should have had tighter security. Lets, move on. Item12: The Federal Law suit before Leonard.”
A young lawyer stood up. “We got that covered sir. She dismissed it with prejudice last week. I wrote the order and gave it to her clerk, who is with us. You know, the one whose father is a porn producer. She gave it to the Judge. The Judge wants the next slot open on the 11th Circuit Court of appeals, but we’ve already promised that to the Judge in Georgia who filed one of the bar complaints. She’ll sit tight for a while, but eventually we’re going to have to pay off this debt. “

Farina made a small note to himself. “Item 13. The Vega junket is next week. The boys from Best Buy along with the producers of Grand Theft Auto IV will be picking up the tab. Get your room requests in by tonight. This is a nice little payoff for what we do here people, so enjoy yourself. Spend spend spend. Its all on them.”
“Last item. I want the GPS responders on Fake Jake replaced.”
The group looked up at one of the HDTV screens. There was a red dot blinking, indicating that their target was on the golf course in Coral Gables.
“We lost him last Sunday.”
“He was at church boss” one of the clerks said.
“That’s what he wants you to think” screamed Farina. “How do we know he wasn’t at Best Buy harassing a store manager? We need 24 -7 coverage on this target. Wake up with him, and put him to bed at night. Contact those guys at NSA and arrange for a black-bag job pronto. I want the newest responders in all his vehicles, pronto. And one in that silly briefcase he carries. That’s it folks. We have maybe 4 or 5 months tops left on this operation, and then the target will be disbarred and we can move on with our anti-family, pro-porn, pro-video game agenda. Lets not have anymore screw ups.”
The meeting broke up, and another day in the life of TASK FORCE THOMPSON had begun.
© Fake Jake Thompson, all rights reserved.
Gadfly@comcast.nut.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

It brings a smile to my face when competent people say competent things.

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Wait. She let's her kids play CoD4 and Halo but no GTA IV? I guess aliens and soviets/muslims are more acceptable groups to kill than hookers..just kidding wish more politicians were like her.

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Perhaps it's the fact that in those games you play a hero as apposed to a villain. Or maybe she thinks GTA is lame.

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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Sweet, she's not running in my district but that won't stop me from commiting a wee bit of election fraud...

For real though heres hoping a level headed down to earth type gets into the state body because lord knows we need it here in CT

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I certainly hope we start seeing more politicians with Jeanne Steven's level of intelligence.  The best part about this thread right now is reading all the World of Warcrack comments versus anything negative on her and the points of view she holds. 

It does make one wonder if Leland Yee had a WoW character what would it be?  My guess is a gnome rogue.  I'm sure I don't have to clarify why.

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Boo Hunter

Uuugh, I hate hunters. They're the only class that gives my Warlock trouble.   :(

Cool to see a politician who gets it.

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Locks are even cheaper than hunters when it comes to PvP >_< *DoT, DoT, DoT, Fear, Death Coil, Howl of Terror, Fear, DoT, DoT, DoT*

Re: Boo Hunter

Oh I know we're cheap, I'm just sayin', between hunters and warriors it's not like we're invincible.  :P

Re: Boo Hunter

WtF? (J) IDPWoW, SIDKWATLSf.

What the Fuck? (JOKE) I don't play world of warcraft, so I don't know what all these letters stand for. Just thought I'd throw in some humor.

-GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Boo Hunter

Damage Over Time, Warlocks get a ton of them and they HURT.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

Thank go there are still sensible people out there! Bravo!

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

She'd get my vote if I lived in Conneticut and I wasn't 15!

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

I think that what is absolutely great about this story is the fact that her father introduced them to the game, if that isn't evidence that games aren't just 'for kids', I don't know what is...

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

HA! I knew it! Told you she was an orc loving hordie... and a HUNTARD to boot! And her character specs are made of EPIC FAIL.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

And? Thats a GOOD thing, at least she isnt a night elf, or an ally lover period, ish.

 

Agreed on the specs though, she needs to respec.

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Yeah, Orc was a good choice, and that's about it. Hunters have it way too easy... It's like they're afraid of taking any sort of damage... I always kill them on sight, usually in a very insulting manner (Letting them aggro, killing their pet, spam /lol while watching them struggle to personally kill the mob, then killing them if they survive.) because I like to see hunters struggle.

They seem to be way too cocky about it too, because most of them appear to know that they have it easy...

 

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

She needs to get geared so we can take some of the 1st world countries to.

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

It's good to see a poltician who understands what the whole 'constitution' thing was about a while back....

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Wow, great interview and kudos to WanderingGoblin for scooping it.  No one else is paying attention to candidates these days.  Give WG a round of applause. As for Jeanne Stevens...I'm moving to Conneticut, just so I can vote her in!

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Republicans are all ninja looters and gankers of third world countries.  ;)

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Wow! You mean there's a politican who believes it's the responsibility of the parents and not the state to make sure their kids aren't getting ahold of media/speech that they find unsuitable or inappropriate for them. This is what i call common sense.

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I don't think she'll last long in the Republican Party. Unless she goes back in time and joins the Republican party circa 1901.

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Need I remind you guys that joe liberman and hillary are democrats? Not to mention al gore and his wife, and they have been pretty much the worst censorship advocates around next to jack... video game legislation is SOOOO not limited to republicans... I see more democrats on the video game legislation horse than I do republicans, this is a POLITICIAN thing, not a party thing.

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Sweet baby Jesus you're putting all kinds of words in my mouth here. Just because someone disses on the state of a political party doesn't mean he is endorsing another one. I personally would vote Bull Moose this year if I could. I'm saying that while the Democrats can't be united for shit and have no idea what the party is about, the Republicans have lately defined themselves as "We exploit religious dumbfucks for the good of international corporations who export jobs overseas and buy a PO Box off-shore to completely avoid taxes". Yeah, in general the Democratic party sucks when it comes to first amendment rights. It kinda sucks in general, they couldn't even get their candidate to sit down and STFU so they could win instead of losing support from the general public due to in-fighting. TL;DR: Republican party used to be awesome but is no longer so. Democrats have always sucked.

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I totally agree. I would like to point out that the single individual Republican who has sponsored the most retarded laws regarding media - movies, music, games, and copyrights of same - is Orrin Hatch of Utah. He is an exceptional jackass. This lady, however, seems to be right on point. I approve.

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What, no Armory link?

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Thats what I was hoping for

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As time goes on, there will be more people like this in politics (who talk about excercising your own common sense) and fewer people like Leland Yee (who calls video game legislation 'common sense').

Re: WoW-playing Legislative Candidate Talks About Her Level 70

I'm in love with a politician.  And a Republican?!?

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Just goes to show not 'all' republican politicians are scum. ;D

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"As a parent, I will not allow GTA in my home – that is my choice. If you’d like to play it in your home, go for it."

See, smart person.  She don't like it, which is ok, and if someone else likes it, it's ok by her.

"He’s entitled to his opinions."

The problem isn't his opinions, as everyone is entitled to.

It's that he wants to FORCE everyone else to live their lives by HIS design.  Dictators are not welcome here in the US.  They are Anti-American Constitutionalists.

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While I've never liked WoW (bought it, tried it, compared it to AO, JG, L2, GW, PS, EQ2, AA, (old)SWG, ranked it bottom), I do applaud it for having even rational and downright INTELLIGENT politicians in it's playerbase.

Jeanne Stevens has through her words and actions - shown here - proven herself to be a levelheaded and responsible mother, and her stance certainly should be a plus in her representative candidacy..

And while she's correct regarding her JT statement, a little more depth and research would depict that it is not his opinion which is the underlying issue, but rather his gross disregard for everyone else - and their opinions.

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I feel sad because I understood that series of initials.

 

But this woman is a great step forwards. A serious politician with common sense, and the ability to allow people to choose for themselves. Even outside of the world of gaming she seems to be a great asset to personal choice.

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Kudos to you, Mrs. Jeanne. KUDOS, I tell you!

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Funny how much more intelligent a politician sounds when they actually know about the media they talk about.

-kurisu7885

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That's exactly what I was thinking.

I wish we had some of those around here, as opposed to the entirely-cut-off-from-reality-swimming-in-$$$ politicians.

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"He's entitled to his opinion"

Yes, indeed. However he presents his opinions as facts, so that's what I have a problem with.

As for Mrs. Stevens...expect the other candidates to attack and ridicule her for her hobby.

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I won't support someone only because they play games.

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But her attitude to games is a very commen-sense, controlled answer. She's evidently thought about what she's saying. And that's a good reflection on her, rather than all the politicians who mouth off about subjects they know nothing about. Maybe if she's taken the time to make sure she's clued-up on this subject, it's the same for other controversial ones? It'd seem logical.

 
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