AUGUSTA, Maine (CBS Connecticut) – Though military experience is often touted as a positive attribute in a candidate for office, Democratic state Senate hopeful Colleen Lachowicz’s penchant for battle in the interactive role-playing game “World of Warcraft” doesn’t seem to count in the eyes of Maine Republicans.
In a release entitled “Democratic Senate Candidate’s … Disturbing Alter Ego Revealed,” the state’s GOP attacked Lachowicz, D-Waterville, for her enjoyment of the game, and her public comments made in “World of Warcraft” forums.
“Colleen is playing at level 85, the highest level one can attain – studies have found that the average World of Warcraft gamer is 28 and spends 22.7 hours per week playing,” the release states. “Her character in the game is called ‘Santiaga,’ an Orc Assassin Rogue, and [she] lives vicariously through her, making comments about World of Warcraft and other topics on the liberal blog, The Daily Kos.”
Several comments made by her in the aforementioned forums are subsequently posted in the release.
“So I’m a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things … a lot,” one comment reportedly read. “Who would have thought that a peace-lovin’ [sic], social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!”
In other comments, she notes that she is “seriously slacking off at work,” and rhetorically replies to a poster that “[she's] lazy, remember?”
The state’s GOP has also created a website chronicling Lachowicz’s World of Warcraft involvement, and the subsequent media fallout from it.
The site, called Colleen’s World, shows screen-grabbed excerpts of her comments in online forums, videos of interviews during which she discusses the matter, and an image of her avatar from the game.
“We think anyone making comments about drowning [Americans for Tax Reform founder] Grover Norquist and stabbing things shows a shocking level of immaturity and poor judgment that voters should know about,” David Sorenson, the Maine GOP party spokesman, was quoted as saying by Politico. “Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity.”
In an interview with CNN, Lachowicz defended her words and pastime.
“I think it’s unfortunate that comments … were taken out of context,” Lachowicz said, in response to an inquiry regarding statements she made online about wanting to drown Norquist.
She additionally referred to the GOP attacks as a diversionary tactic, adding “We should be spending our time talking about what’s important to Maine people, like how to get Mainers working again, how to make health care more affordable, and how to lower heating and energy costs.
And Ben Grant, the state’s Democratic Party chairman, referred to the attacks as a new low.
“Colleen may play ‘World of Warcraft’ online, but it has been far more harmful to Maine people that [Senator] Tom Martin has been playing ‘Worlds of Hurt’ (at level 90) with their pensions, access to health care, and public schools,” Grant noted, according to Politico. “It’s time GOP grew up and talked about the real issues.”
Lachowicz is going up against Martin in an election that will be held on Nov. 6.