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Danny Ainge's son loses congressional race

Alex Reimer
August 16, 2017 - 12:33 pm

Tanner Ainge’s draconian warnings about the national debt weren’t enough to get him into Congress. The 33-year-old businessman, who predicted increased entitlement spending would bring a “day of reckoning” to the country, lost in primary election Tuesday for Utah’s recently vacated House seat. Provo Mayor John Curtis was the winner and will be the Republican nominee. 

Republican Jason Chaffetz, the embattled ex-chairman of the House Oversight Committee, quit his post in June. Curtis received 40.5 percent of the vote and will face off against Democrat Kathie Allen in November’s general election. State legislator Christopher Herrod garnered 31.1 percent of the votes, while Ainge captured 28.3 percent. 

Danny Ainge poured time and money into his son’s campaign. He and his wife donated $250,000 to a pro-Tanner political action committee and each gave $2,700 to his campaign. The Celtics president of basketball operations also sat in a dunk tank at a fundraiser last week. 

"My dad has been incredibly supportive, Tanner Ainge told WEEI.com in a recent phone interview. "So it’s been good to have family support in such a chaotic campaign.”

Gordon Hayward’s free agent saga briefly intersected with the race, when Tanner Ainge reminded the ex-Jazz forward on Twitter about Massachusetts’ “millionaire's tax.” Hayward wound up signing with the Celtics July 4.

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