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Rep. Jason Chaffetz is planning to leave Congress in June before the end of his term

Tanner Ainge appears interested based on social media accounts he made

Washington CNN  — 

Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge – like any hot NBA shooter – is in heat-check mode.

Coming off one of the most successful stretches in post-Larry Bird franchise history – a week that saw the Celtics advance to the semifinals of the NBA playoffs and win the coveted first overall pick in the upcoming draft – Ainge has locked onto a new target: Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat in Congress.

Ainge sent a tweet last Thursday encouraging his son, Tanner, to make a bid.

“With vacancy created in the house, I’m encouraging my son Tanner to run. He has the integrity, edu, exp to rep UT in DC. #AingeforCongress?” the Celtics executive wrote.

Ainge’s message did not indicate which political party Ainge backed.

Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, officially announced last Thursday that he would resign from Congress June 30 of this year, setting off a scramble for his seat. And the Ainge family has roots in Utah – Danny Ainge senior played basketball for Brigham Young University before making it to the NBA, and Tanner Ainge lives and works for a consulting firm in Alpine, Utah.

The younger Ainge appears receptive to the suggestion – an active LinkedIn page for Tanner Ainge bills him as “candidate for US House of Representatives (UT-3),” Chaffetz’s seat. And a Twitter account for Ainge has been set up that similarly bills him as a candidate, with glossy pictures of Ainge and his family and a link to an undeveloped “Ainge for Congress” website.

Ainge has yet to officially declare, though the Salt Lake Tribune reported he is considering the bid.