August 14th, 2014
10:29 AM ET
6 years ago

Ice Bucket Challenge: Politicians get soaked

(CNN) - Ice water is starting to drench the political scene.

A number of political figures have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Started by Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012, the campaign asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water on their head and then nominate their friends to do the same.

Social Web tackles the #IceBucketChallenge

Those friends have the opportunity to follow their friend or donate $100 to ALS awareness.

President Obama declined to do the challenge and pledged to contribute to an ALS charity instead.

Here's a few politicians who've embraced the ice water:

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, was one of the first to pour water over his head.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, got his kids involved.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, accepted Christie's challenge.

Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who's now running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, featured his famous truck in his video.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Florida, must have had some really cold water.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, took it to a whole new level.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana, challenged LSU's Les Miles, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.

New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte's son was clearly excited about the task.

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, got a whole trash can of ice water.

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, accepted Roby’s challenge and got a local fraternity involved.

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, stepped it up a notch with two buckets dumped from a boom lift.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, accepted his challenge.

CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Sniffit – " Why are you conflating the police force with the local elected officials? "

    Who do you think hires the police force?
    Who do you think the police force answers to?

    And do you you acknowledge that local elected officials are the ones who must answer to the VOTERS?

    August 14, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    So I see Ferguson has popped up on the Ticker today and as I suspected we have some who have decided the police officer is guilty of murder without any facts about the incident. The protests during the day are peaceful but at night there is arson, looting, blunt objects being thrown at police and threats of more violence. The feds are on the case and the facts will come out.

    August 14, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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