You can chalk this up to the oh-so-relevant political discourse in America, but apparently a senate candidate from Maine has drawn fire from the opposing party because ... she plays World of Warcraft.
Colleen Lachowicz certainly is not the first political candidate to have some geeky interests, but she may be the first to have that information used as a way of dismissing her as a viable civil servant.
Unfortunately, in addition to being a level 85 Orc Assassination Rogue, Colleen also spends a lot of time talking with other progressives on message boards like the Daily Kos (a progressive, liberal website), which has resulted in someone creating a little website of their own. This one, called Colleen's World, is designed specifically to drudge up every single thing Colleen has ever said when communicating with other progressives, especially her fellow WoW guild members.
So we have two things happening simultaneously here. One is that Colleen is being criticized for playing an MMORPG because it means she is living in a fantasy world rather than the "real" one. Two is that some strongly worded feelings on politics that she clearly never intended to be a part of her campaign have been brought to bear.
Act Blue has responded by raising funds to help Colleen fight back. While no money can be given directly to Colleen, it can go toward groups who have endorsed her candidacy.
We think that there's nothing wrong with being part of a gaming community. After all, isn't being in touch with the community an important part of being a senator? Some of the things she's said on message boards, on the other hand? Well, they say that the Internet is forever for a reason. If you choose to say that you want to "hunt down Grover Norquist and drown HIM in my bath tub," then, frankly, you're going to have to accept that some people won't find that terribly humorous.
What do you think?