Steve Scalise, Loretta Sanchez Keep #IceBucketChallenge in the Family

Posted August 15, 2014 at 11:50am

John A. Boehner and crew can relax.  

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has taken one for the leadership team, completing the charitable #IceBucketChallenge thrust upon him by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., without redirecting the temporary discomfort further up the chain of command.  

Rather than rain on his colleagues’ summer plans, Scalise punted the fashionable fundraiser toward his celluloid brethren, entertainer Kevin Spacey.  

The Academy Award-winning actor, who famously palled around with Scalise’s predecessor, now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to help flesh out his scene-chewing alter ego, House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, D-S.C., is reportedly hard at work on season 3 of Netflix’s runaway drama, “House of Cards,” just up the road in Baltimore. No word on whether the talented thespian will take the time out of his busy schedule — pesky political opponents won’t grind themselves underfoot, you know — to splash a little cold water on his face.  

It sounds like Rep. Loretta Sanchez wanted to skip out on any chilling activities. But enthusiasm for the cause apparently got the best of her.  

The California Democrat invited five other members of the delegation to partake in the watery fun, including her sister, Democrat Linda T. Sánchez, Democrat Alan Lowenthal, and Republicans Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa.  

If Issa’s smart, he’ll knock out his dousing today — with a feline in hand.  

That way, he can launch an entirely new meme: #FrigidKittyFridayChallenge.