Colleen LachowiczWe've seen our fair share of below-the-belt political campaign ads over the years. Who could forget Rick Santorum's "Obamaville" ad? Or Turn Right USA's offensive anti-Janice Hahn ad? Or Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep spot? It never ceases to amaze how people jockeying for positions that help run our country resort to such petty, immature, and downright idiotic behavior in an effort to "win." And this ad -- actually, correction, this entire website -- which makes fun of Maine senate candidate, Dem Colleen Lachowicz, for being a "geeky video game nerd" is certainly no exception.
Stay classy, America.
The Maine Republican party is attacking Lachowicz for her "time-consuming double-life" as a World of Warcraft player (the site is "not authorized by any candidate"). They, of course, say this with fantastic oblivion to the fact that creating this site -- which digs up posts Lachowicz posted on WoW boards from way back when -- is incredibly time-consuming in and of itself.
So, the woman plays video games. Big whoop. She's not killing anyone (IRL). She likes to sit at home on her computer. Who cares? I can certainly think of much worse dirt to unearth on a candidate. And this is just kind of mean.
The photo at the top of the site that changes back and forth from Lachowicz's face to her avatar's. The link to her actual WoW profile. The ridiculous, sensational titles above each of her comments. This is taking the fact that Colleen is a "video game geek", if you will, and turning it into something negative.
I truly hope, for our kids' sake, and the sake of this country, that one day these foolish political ads and websites will stop. It's one thing to run a campaign, it's another to attack a person's (completely innocent) interests.
I, sadly, doubt that day will come, though. So, if you have hopes of your child running for office one day, I suggest you teach them to watch what they "like" on Facebook or, better yet, to not use the Internet at all. Because, no matter what they do, it's going to come back to bite them in the ass.
What do you think of this nonsense?
Image via colleenlachowicz.com