This story provides a perfect delineation between Democrats and certain elements of the Republican Party.
One one side we have Maine’s Democratic State Senate candidate, Colleen Lachowicz, a social worker who has been working with mentally ill patients for the past 25 years. She is also licensed foster parent and mother who happens to play World of Warcraft in her free time.
On the other side we have Maine’s Republican party, which has condemned Lachowicz for playing the online videogame. According to Republican press releases, her "disturbing alter-ego" and "time-consuming double life" make her unfit to hold public office.
I would like to write a paragraph or two explaining the stupidity of Maine’s Republican Party, but I think Lachowicz did a fine job of it in her response to the Republican press releases. She said:
"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.
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."
I’m not sure if Colleen Lachowicz is a qualified candidate for Maine’s state senate, but I know that she deserves credit for a 25 years of service in social work and her willingness to serve as a foster parent to children in need.
At minimum, she has proven herself to be a dedicated public servant.
I also know that her decision to play World of Warcraft in her free time has absolutely no bearing on Lachowicz’s ability to represent the voters of her district and assist in governing the state of Maine.
Most important, I know that that anyone making a claim as stupid as this does not deserve the vote of any right minded Maine citizen.
It boggles the mind how stupid people can be in the midst of a political campaign with so much on the line.