- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is among the latest big names to take the “ice bucket challenge,” in which people dowse themselves with ice water to help raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Countless athletes, celebrities, politicians and regular folks have taken the viral challenge. Once they do, they’re entitled to extend the challenge to others.

Walker posted a video on his Facebook page Thursday that showed himself and his wife, Tonette, getting a tub of ice water dumped on them. He tells the camera he’s accepting the challenge because it’s for a good cause, and then braces himself as he gets drenched.

Then he stands and challenges three other high-ranking Republicans: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan.

“Reince Priebus, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, you’re next up,” he says with a wide smile. “Do you accept the challenge? You got 24 hours.”

Johnson didn’t waste time stepping up to the challenge. On Friday he tweeted video showing him standing by a river, and he says he’s camping in the Utah mountains.

Then he fills a coffeepot with stream water and douses himself, leaving him gasping as his gray T-shirt gets soaked.

“I don’t have a towel, either. Rats!” he says.

In his tweet he challenged three conservative radio talk-show hosts to complete the challenge.

Priebus seemed ready to accept the governor’s challenge. He tweeted to Walker, “Ok you’re on pal…,” but as of Friday afternoon he hadn’t posted video of himself actually doing so.

It wasn’t clear whether Ryan, a renowned fitness buff, planned to participate. He hadn’t posted anything on Twitter and a spokesman did not immediately return a message Friday afternoon.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’ phenomenon was launched a few weeks ago by the ALS Foundation to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The foundation reports raising $4 million since July 29 because of ice bucket challenges.

Other politicians and celebrities across the country have accepted the challenge, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon.

Walker’s Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, said she plans to do it Saturday.



Walker’s ice-bucket challenge: https://on.fb.me/1AkpNnR

Johnson’s response: https://bit.ly/1AkpLw7


Associated Press writer Scott Bauer contributed to this report from Madison, Wisconsin. Dinesh Ramde can be reached at [email protected]

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