The son of Celtics legend Danny Ainge wants to be member of Congress.
And he's running in Utah's 3rd District.
As the Deseret News reported this week, Tanner Ainge, the son of BYU’s former basketball star and current Celtics general manager, filed paperwork to run as a Republican in the Beehive State.
Ainge is one of six candidates so far looking to fill the seat held by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who plans to resign June 30. Ainge, who lives in Alpine, also declared his intent to gather signatures to get on the primary ballot. Candidates have until June 12 to gather the 7,000 signatures needed to get on the primary election ballot.
Ainge has received a heavy amount of national media attention in recent days, mostly because of his father.
The elder Ainge, who is in the middle of his team’s playoff season, tweeted support for his son’s bid to take Chaffetz’s seat
“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,” CNN wrote.
As The Boston Globe reported, Tanner Ainge has some similarities with Mitt Romney, who is a “a Mormon Republican in Utah with Massachusetts connections” running for office.
Tanner Ainge is already drawing lines between himself, Utah and Massachusetts.
In a tweet this week, he mention Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who is rumored to be the Boston Celtics’ main target this offseason, according to The Boston Globe.
David Magleby, a BYU professor, said that his father’s celebrity status might propel him to victory.
Indeed, as the Deseret News reported, Danny Ainge has a storied history in the Beehive State. He’s been a competitor since his BYU days and looks to bring that success with him as his team migrates through the NBA playoffs.