It's official, folks -- I will not be running for President or any other political office. I don't have a grand desire to enter a life of politics anyhow, but if I did, my past (and present) would come back to haunt me. You see, I'm a thief and a damn good pickpocket. Probably one of the best in all of Tamriel. I've killed, maimed, and even had stints as a terrorist, planting bombs in dusty desert locales and holding office workers hostage. I've eaten mushrooms that made me feel twice as tall, and have run over prostitutes with stolen cars...more than once.
Yes, I'm a gamer, and I do all kinds of unscrupulous things in alternate realities. Colleen Lachowicz, a Democratic candidate for state Senate in Maine is a gamer too, leading a "time-consuming double life" as an orc in World of Warcraft.
"So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things...a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!...," Lachowicz admitted in 2009.
Her confession is now being used against her by the state party, which has paid for and authorized a blog called Colleen's World designed to run Lachowicz out of politics. One of the reasons, besides the fact that politics is a dirty, mud-slinging business, is because "studies have found the average WoW gamer is 28, and spends 22.7 hours a week playing in Azeroth."
The blog highlights comments Lochowicz has made referring to her in-game persona. It points out how she loves stabbing and poisoning people, and being able to "kill stuff without going to jail."
So do I, and thankfully, I'm not running for office.