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
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.