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Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee tosses cap into Vermont governor’s race

Former Red Sox southpaw Bill Lee, shown in Nova Scotia last year, warming up for a game.
Former Red Sox southpaw Bill Lee, shown in Nova Scotia last year, warming up for a game.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/File

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, according the Vermont Secretary of State’s office.

Lee, a fan favorite who pitched for the Red Sox from 1969 to 1978, filed the paperwork to mount a gubernatorial run last week, according to Peter Diamondstone, secretary for the Liberty Union party.

Known for his zany antics on and off the mound, Lee is among five candidates who have filed paperwork to run for the governor’s office so far.

The Liberty Union party calls itself a “nonviolent socialist party” and advocates for free universal health care, free child care, and an education system that is free “from birth to death.”

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In an interview with WCAX.com Lee said, “You get what you pay for, if you want change, you vote for [Bernie] Sanders or me. I’m Bernie-heavy, I’m not Bernie-lite. My ideas were before Bernie. If you want to see money come down from the 2 percent, we’re going to need umbrellas when I’m elected, because it’s going to be raining dollars.”

In the interview, Lee also compared Republicans to pterodactyls: “They have little short arms that never get to their front pockets.”


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