As much fun as it sounds to cover all politicians with a bucket of ice water, this wasn't a malicious prank. It was done on purpose by United States Senate Candidate Rob Maness.  Maness is participating in the ice bucket challenge. It's a unique way to bring attention to a very serious disease.

The disease is called ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. What is ALS? According to the ALS Association,

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The "ice bucket challenge" is a fun way to beat the heat and raise awareness for ALS. Colonel Maness, a retired Air Force Colonel, accepted the challenge on behalf of Steve Gleason. Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints player, has been diagnosed with the disease. Colonel Maness to the challenge on step further by issuing the challenge to Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy.

According to the "rules of the challenge" you must film yourself having a bucket of ice water dumped on your head. You may then challenge others to do the same. They have 24 hours to complete the challenge. There has been no word as to whether Senator Landrieu or Congressman Cassidy will accept the challenge.


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