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Prominent Utah politicians endure cold ones for charity

Published July 14, 2014 4:55 pm

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Some high-level Utah politicos are taking a cold wet bath for charity, and it makes for some highly entertaining web videos.

The American Cancer Society is the beneficiary of the ice bucket challenge, where prominent members of the community have a choice, either donate $100 or give only $10 and get doused with freezing water. In practicality, the politicians are giving the $100, taking the bath then passing on the challenge.

Val Hale, the president of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, took the plunge last Wednesday then challenged House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

Lockhart challenged Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who enlisted his legislative director to wield the ice bucket.

Chaffetz passed the buck to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, who just happened to be in New Orleans for a local government convention. The Democrat got some of Utah's Republican county commissioners to do the honors.

Those videos were impressive, but it would be hard to beat the man McAdams challenged. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox took the ice bucket challenge to new heights, and he brought a helmet cam with him.