Senator goes extra-cold mile for challenge

Greg Nash

Now every senator is facing a freezing-cold choice of whether to dump ice water on their heads or make a donation to charity, after being challenged by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

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In a clip posted Wednesday on YouTube, the Alaska Republican is seen wearing a blue swimsuit and plunging into a pool of what’s described as “30-degree water.”

Murkowski’s leap was part of the so-called ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” that raises money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease most commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Although Murkowski, 57, may have gone the extra-freezing-cold mile by jumping into a pool of water for the challenge, volunteers typically either dump a bucket of ice water on their heads or make a donation to an ALS charity. They then nominate someone else to do the same.

“I’m going to challenge every single member of the United States Senate,” Murkowski says after her icy-cold stunt. “Do something. Do it right. Demonstrate your commitment to getting rid of ALS.”

She then adds, “Go dunk your head in a bucket of ice. Go jump in a fish hole in a tender in southeast Alaska in Alaska waters. Come on, prove it to yourselves.”