Former Sox Pitcher Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee Running for Governor of Vermont

His platform? Bring back the Expos.

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

A former Red Sox pitcher is running for elected office, and thankfully, it isn’t Curt Schilling.

Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who played for Boston from 1969-1978, is running for governor of Vermont. The 69-year-old resident of the Northeast Kingdom is running under the Liberty Union Party, and describes his political leanings as “so far left, I’m right, because the earth is round.”

“Money’s like manure. It’s only good when it’s spread around,” Lee told NECN. “The suppression of the 98 percent really bothers me. I believe the rich should make $110,000 a year and the poor should make $103,000.”

Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, will not seek reelection this year, leaving a host of prominent Democrats and Republicans scrambling for the corner office in Montpellier. But Spaceman don’t care. Spaceman just wants to bring the Expos back.

“When the Expos come back, the Red Sox will come [to Montreal], and we can go up for 75 cents on the dollar, get some good beer and watch the Red Sox play,” he said. Lee played for the Expos from 1979-1982, long before the uprooted and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004. He hopes to use his powers as governor to bring baseball back to nearby Montreal.

When asked why Vermonters should vote for him, Lee said: “Because I throw strikes.”