Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan on Friday challenged Democratic rival Anthony Brown to dump a bucket of ice water over his head as part of a fund-raising campaign for medical research.
Brown, notified of the challenge by a Baltimore Sun reporter, promptly accepted.
Hogan and running mate Boyd Rutherford issued the challenge to take part in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" while in Ocean City for the annual convention of the Maryland Association of Counties. Following the protocol for the challenge, they posted video of their cold dousing on the Internet.
Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, said he already participated in the challenge Friday but would gladly take another ice water bath.
Ice bucket challenge videos of celebrities and others have gone viral in recent weeks, aiding the effort to raise money for research into the treatment of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Brown said early Friday that he hadn't yet decided when and where to take the challenge, but suggested he might do so at the end of a scheduled forum with Hogan in Ocean City Saturday.