Murkowski jumped into a pit of freezing cold Alaskan water to participate in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS that has dominate social media over the last few weeks.
Before launching herself into the vat of ice water, Murkowski vowed ”to stand up for all those that have to deal with this hideous, hideous disease.” She proclaimed that “we’re going to kill ALS” as she descended into the cold.
The Republican senator from Alaska appeared in front of the camera after the jump — looking frigid, no less — to challenge her fellow senators to take up the challenge.
“We go big and when we take on a challenge, we take it head on,” exclaimed Murkowski. “So, I’m going to challenge every single member of the United States Senate: Do something, do it right. Demonstrate your commitment to getting rid of ALS. Go dunk your head in a bucket of ice. Go jump in a fish hole in a tender in southeast Alaska in Alaskan waters. C’mon! Prove it to yourselves! Soak your head!”
A Murkowski representative told Red Alert Politics that the senator was in Ketchikan, Alaska, when she completed the chilly feat.
It’s unclear whether any lawmakers will accept Murkowski’s challenge, but President Obama certainly won’t be one of them. The president rejected his invitation to participate in the ice bucket challenge, opting instead to donate to charity.
Murkowski is no stranger to raising awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For example, she participated in the Washington, D.C., Corntoss Challenge earlier this year. The senator’s family has been affected by the debilitating disease for years.