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Rob Astorino takes ice bucket challenge, calls out rivals

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is doused with

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is doused with cold water as he takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Credit: Facebook / Rob Astorino

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is asking his opponents to step up to the challenge – the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, that is.

The challenge involves a person getting drenched with ice water on video, posting the video to social media, then nominating others to do the same to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Astorino completed the challenge to “#StrikeOutALS” on Monday, challenging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Republican State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, Democratic State Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to do the same.

“Do you accept? You have 24 hours,” Astorino said in a video posted to his Facebook page before getting doused with a bucket of ice water.

If the politicians refuse, they are expected to donate $100 to the ALS Association. Despite completing the challenge, Astorino said he would also donate $100.

The video has been liked by more than 1,100 people and shared 327 times.

While the ice water may have froze Astornio, it certainly heated up his campaign, at least on social media. 

“Love the call out list. You’ve had my vote all along,” one Facebook user commented.

 “The fact that you took this challenge proves to me you're an alright guy you have my vote,” another commented.

Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association has thanked people like Astorino for getting involved in the social media campaign, which uses the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge.

“This is a creative way to spread ALS awareness via social media and in communities nationwide,” she said in a news release. 

The four politicians participate have yet to respond to Astorino’s challenge, but if they do Astorino has two words for them: “Good luck.”

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