This liberty-minded Republican took the Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of a constituent suffering from ALS

If you spend any time on Facebook, then you’ve probably seen videos of friends dumping ice water on themselves to raise awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”).

The viral campaign — which has been promoted by celebrities — has been a resounding success, raising nearly $23 million for the ALS Association in the last three weeks. Politicians are also participating. Among them is Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a libertarian-leaning conservative with a knack for social media.

Amash was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and he accepted on Tuesday, allowing each of his three children to dump icy cold water on top of his head. “I accept today in honor of Julia Bauer, who taught me about ALS through her visits to my office each year,” he said. “And she has faced the disease with a lot of courage. And this is in honor of her.”

Amash nominated Terri Lynn Land, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Michigan, to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in the 24 hours after he posted the video, or donate $100 to the ALS Association. Land, who is in a competitive race against Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), hasn’t yet responded.


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