Maine GOP Attacks State Senate Candidate for Playing World of Warcraft

In one of the more unusual attacks on an opponent in this election cycle, the Republican party of Maine has decided that it would be a good idea to take Maine state Senate Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz to task for playing World of Warcraft. Apparently they don't know that over 10 million people around the world are playing the game daily, with millions playing here in the United States. The law of averages would also suggest that a fair amount of Maine's population also plays the game, but let's put that aside for now..

In a bizarre press release (as reported by Politico) the Republican party in Maine attacked Lachowicz for living a double life. Apparently her playing an orc assassin was beyond the pale for them. Lachowicz is running against incumbent state Sen. Tom Martin in a heavily Democratic district in south-central Maine. Martin, the first Republican to hold the seat since the 1960s won the position during the 2010 election cycle.

Most of the information on Lachowicz put forth by the Maine GOP comes from her blogging about playing the game on the DailyKOS. Admittedly she says a few things that might raise some eyebrows like the following:

"Now if you’ll excuse me, I may have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown him in my bathtub."

Grover Norquist runs Americans for Tax Reform and is infamous for getting conservative candidates to make a "no tax hike" pledge.

"We think anyone making comments about drowning Grover Norquist and stabbing things shows a shocking level of immaturity and poor judgment that voters should know about," Maine GOP party spokesman David Sorenson said. "Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity."

But the thrusts of their attack accuses Lachowicz of being distracted by the game while at work, claims she is in a "socialist guild" pointing out her swearing in her blog posts on DailyKOS and making frequent jokes about stabbing things.

To his credit, her Republican opponent says that he was unaware of the state Republican Party’s press release or Lachowicz’s activities in World of Warcraft until Politico asked him. Martin went on to say that he "hates mudslinging politics" and that he thinks that she is "a nice lady."

Source: Politico

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    NyuRena says:

    GOP: Unintentionally doing it for the lulz since 2008!  

    The Sad thing is, the "old and ignorant" demographic they are targetting with this will respond to it..  I know that when I'm 60+ and all of the ones currently supporting the gop have died off, I'm damned sure not going to let myself fall for a moral panic for what "them kids" are up to.

    (side note.. "Old and ignorant" has nothing to do with their ages. I know people of advanced age that are very open minded and don't rush to judgment.)

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    Farseli says:

    As someone that works as part of the game industry I'm actually offended that they would make such a statement. I spend a lot of my free time playing games with friends so I guess in their minds that I too am immature and have a poor work ethic.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Why do I get the feeling the feeling they have absolutely nothing on her so had to bring this up and are banking on the game scare still going strong?

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    Sleaker says:

    Hmm now lets see… Would it be bad if I devolved all republicans down to people that just like to shoot stuff?  Cause i love to shoot stuff, but that doesn't really effect my electability as a Citizen of the US… They probably need to hide their guns, cause I'd be really surprised if her opponent didn't support/engage in those types of things.

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    Samster says:

    These days, it's harder to find a non-gamer than it is to find a gamer. Attacking people who play games because they play games or have an affinity for gaming culture is a pretty dumb political move.

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