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30 Nov 2012

Despite just what the Republican Get together of Maine might want men and women to think, enjoying "World of Warcraft" will not come up with a human being unfit to hold company.

Or so Colleen Lachowicz demonstrated Tuesday night time.

Lachowicz plays "World of Warcraft" to be a level-85 orc named Santiaga. She's also a freshly elected state senator in Maine.

Lachowicz, a Democrat, defeat Republican incumbent Thomas Martin Jr. to be the senator-elect for Maine's District twenty five ?a this after the Republican Bash of Maine launched a campaign to out her love for the fantasy role-playing sport.

Maine's GOP had accused Lachowicz ?a a 48-year-old health-care employee ?a of dwelling a "bizarre double life" and create a web site revealing her participation in "World of Warcraft." Not merely did the positioning present off a picture on the orc rogue assassin character she plays, what's more, it dug up on-line comments she manufactured about her really enjoy of the (often violent) sport. The Republican Occasion also sent out mailers not to mention a press launch professing her "disturbing alter-ego" had been "revealed."

But while the Maine GOP had hoped the "World of Warcraft" outing would sour folks on her like a prospect, it appeared to possess the actual reverse effect. Lachowicz suddenly observed herself with the global highlight, showing up in headlines and on information applications round the earth (look at my job interview together with her the following) as gamers flocked to her protection and showered her with guidance. 

After which, on Tuesday nights, Lachowicz defeat Martin aided by the remaining vote tally at 8,666 to seven,753. In spite of the smaller numbers, it was a huge get, specially due to the fact the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee had labeled Maine's District twenty five state senate race among the list of critical battlegrounds during the nation. 

"I?ˉm so glad people were being in a position to reject the bad personalized assaults that have no location in politics," she advised NBC Information by mobile Wednesday. "It certainly must be about speaking with people about what they want in their government. Not the adverse things. No-one demands that."

She mentioned that she believes, ultimately, the Republican assaults backfired on the celebration.

"So many people during the district had been just appalled," she stated. "And loads of the men and women I talked to were youthful, first-time voters they usually seemed to be the best incensed by it. They witnessed it to be a exclusive strike over a thing that can be a common activity these days ?a to participate in video online games. And i noticed most people say, 'Oh they are expressing the exact same factor about me.'"

In fact, as news of Lachowicz's get has distribute, players from across the earth have flocked to her Facebook webpage to offer congratulations.

"My heartfelt congratulations, Santiaga. I really hope (and i really think) which you will complete pretty much as good as part of your new place of work while you have as part of your duties as the Rogue of the Horde," wrote supporter Victor B?rjesson.

Kathryn Welteroth, a level-90 Worgen from Massachusetts, quipped, "New achievement unlocked: get hold of federal government situation. Congratulations!"

And for all her gaming enthusiasts, Lachowicz posted a acquainted melody ?a the victory fanfare on the Last Fantasy online games. 

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