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Mama has a thread up in the guild forums about this, but I thought I'd give the story front page attention: the Maine Republican Party is saying that Santiaga (aka Colleen Lachowicz, who is running for the State Senate in Maine) is unfit for public office because she plays WoW.
Santiaga is one of the original members of the Wreck List. She signed the guild charter that started the whole thing. Although she hasn't had much opportunity to play in the past year because of other commitments, she is an Elder of the Wreck List and a major part of the reason this amazing guild exists at all. 

The GOP have set up a ridiculous smear website and apparently sent out embarrassingly stupid mailers. (I will not link to them). The website discusses how she plays a rogue and likes to stab things. Really. It also repeats slanders of WoW players in general and accuses her of leading some kind of double life because she has enjoyed video games. Seriously, it is that dumb.

It is also filled with falsehoods. It quotes some study about the average hours played weekly by WoW subscribers, and implies she plays that often. As we all know, Santiaga has barely been around for more than a year, so the implication that she plays all the time is just a flat out lie. I guess that is par for the course with republicans, though, so it shouldn't be surprising. Can't talk about the issues? Fabricate personal attacks. Anyway, Santiaga issued a wonderful response, which I am reprinting below.

Guildies, please check the guild forums for Mama's post on this issue, and to see how you might be able to help.


Statement on Attacks

Here is a statement from our campaign in response to the personal attacks made on Colleen by the Maine Republican Party. If anyone has further questions, Ericka Dodge can be reached at 232-5892.

Ed Lachowicz

Campaign Manager, Colleen Lachowicz for State Senate


Waterville, ME—State Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz released the following statement in response to an attack piece sent out by the Maine Republican Party.

Colleen Lachowicz says, "I think it’s weird that I’m being targeted for playing online games. Apparently I’m in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games. What’s next? Will I be ostracized for playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends? If so, guilty as charged!”

Lachowicz added, "What’s really weird is that the Republicans are going after my hobbies instead of talking about their record while they’ve been running Augusta for the last two years. Instead of talking about what they’re doing for Maine people, they’re making fun of me for playing video games. Did you know that more people over the age of 50 play video games than under the age of 18? As a gamer, I’m in good company with folks like Jodie Foster, Vin Diesel, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams. Maybe it’s the Republican Party that is out of touch.”

According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, here’s a break down and profile of a gamer in the United States:

  • 65% of U.S. households
  • 49% of 18 – 49 year olds
  • 26% over the age of 50
  • 25% under the age of 18
  • 2 out of 5 people are female
  • average age of a gamer is 34
  • $24.8 billion industry

According to the Christian Science Monitor, 183 million Americans play video games.