CHICAGO
06/22/2010 03:22 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lex Green, Libertarian Candidate For Illinois Governor, Says He Agrees With Rand Paul On Civil Rights Act

On Monday, third party candidates in both the race for Illinois governor and the race for President Obama's former Senate seat filed their petitions, hoping to secure a spot on the ballot in November.

Aside from Gov. Pat Quinn, Republican Bill Brady and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, former lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen is also trying to run as an Independent and even more governor-wannabes filed downstate.

Springfield's State Journal-Register reported Tuesday that Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Lex Green also shared his controversial views during a Monday news conference.

Green, of Bloomington, told reporters Monday that GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has "the very same principles that we've always stood for." He was then asked for his views on the federal Civil Rights Act--which has been in the news in recent months after Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul questioned the legality of the Act, which outlawed racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by public facilities.

SJR reports:

Asked then his view of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legality of which has been questioned by Paul's son, Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, Green pulled out a copy of the Constitution and said the document provides "no justification" for the law.

"The Libertarian Party stands for civil rights," Green said. "We are the party of civil rights. But there is no permission given in the Constitution to pass civil rights law."

Asked if that means a local business would be able to deny service to black customers, Green said, "I guess I would have to say yes."

Rand Paul sparked widespread anger when he said businesses should not be forced to comply with the Civil Rights Act on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" and has since distanced himself from the Libertarian Party.


Check out the full list of Independents and new party candidates who filed candidacy petitions here:

Scott Lee Cohen of Chicago, independent

Christopher Pedersen of Joliet, independent conservative

Michael White of Lindenhurst, Constitution

Stephen Estill of Mason City, independent

Gregg Moore of Chicago, independent

William Walls III of Chicago