Maine Republicans efforts of trying to paint Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz, who plays an orc rogue in World of Warcraft as a double-life living, not fit for office and “out of touch” person didn’t stick. Colleen Lachowicz is a new state Senator in Maine today.
All during the hotly-contested election, Republicans tried their utmost best to turn Lachowicz’s WoW gaming habit into a liability, even going as far as creating “Colleen’s World” – a website that compiles information about Ms Lachowicz’s orc rogue Santiaga. According to Google: an orc is “A member of an imaginary race of humanlike creatures, characterized as ugly, warlike, and malevolent.”
But the GOP’s plan backfired badly, and Lachowicz suddenly found herself in the international spotlight, appearing in headlines and on news programs around the world as gamers flocked to her defense and showered her with support.
Then Tuesday night happened: Lachowicz beat Martin with the final vote tally at 8,666 to 7,753, small numbers, but a big win – especially since the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee had labeled Maine’s District 25 state senate race one of the key battlegrounds in the country.
Said Lachowics to the media: “I’m so glad people were able to reject the negative personal attacks that have no place in politics. It really should be about talking to people about what they want in their government. Not the negative stuff. No one needs that.”
She added: “So many people in the district were just appalled. And a lot of the people I talked to were young, first-time voters and they seemed to be the most incensed by it. They saw it as a personal attack over something that is a normal activity these days — to play video games. And I heard some people say, ‘Oh they’re saying the same thing about me.’”