Does a person's participation in an online world have any affect on their real life? How serious should we take comments left on the internet? Those are some of the questions raised by some messages sent by the Maine Republican Party.
It seems the GOP in Maine has learned that Colleen Lachowicz, a Democratic candidate for state senate in Maine's 25th district, is a committed gamer, and they suggest that her choice in online persona reflects poorly on her ability to be a leader in the real world.
Maine GOP communications director David Sorensen sent an email alerting reporters to Colleen's (totally not-hidden) alter-ego, saying she "has been living a time-consuming double life as a member of the World of Warcraft community."
Lachowicz, AKA Santiaga, is a level 85 Orc Rogue in a World of Warcraft, and she often posts on message boards about politics, gaming and other topics. Her political opponents feel this is worthy enough of consideration to have created a web-page about her hobbies, Colleensworld, where her comments are collected.