In the run up to the US Elections, Maine Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz was hoping to win. But last month she became the victim of a Republican-driven smear campaign, which described the Democrat Lachowicz as unfit for the Senate – because she is an avid World of Warcraft (WoW) player.
Vote NO... the people of Maine didn't listen. Orc for President!
According to Eurogamer, the smear campaign included a site called Colleen’s World: a site dedicated to proving Lachowicz’s incompetence by posting quotes from her WoW account out of context.
The site proudly states: “Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.”
Some of the out-of-context posts include: “I spent my day...leveling my alt—an undead warlock.”; “I can kill stuff without going to jail”; and “...it won’t even require an epic dagger.”
Because only Democrats play video games.
But, the unintentionally funny smear campaign backfired, as Lachowicz, aka Santiaga, the level 85 Orc Assassin, won the election. Her Republican opponent wisely stayed silent on the WoW issue following the election.
Lachowicz said, “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.”
To add insult to injury, Lachowicz posted the Final Fantasy 6 Victory Fanfare song on her Facebook page in celebration.