COLUMBIA — The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers told a crowd of more than 1,000 people on Monday that the College of Charleston would be crazy to hire Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell as its next president.
Rivers, vice president of stakeholder relations for the NAACP and a pastor from North Charleston, told the crowd at the annual King Day at the Dome rally how McConnell worked to broker the compromise that moved the Confederate battle flag from atop the State House dome to the Confederate war memorial in front of the State House.
"To consider that man as president of the College of Charleston -- have we gone crazy? have we lost our minds?" Rivers told the crowd.
The rally, organized by the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP, called for state officials to remove the flag from the State House grounds.
McConnell, the former president pro tempore of the state Senate, became lieutenant governor in 2012 after Ken Ard resigned after he was indicted on ethics charges. McConnell has said he will not run for lieutenant governor in 2014, instead focusing on becoming the next president of the College of Charleston.
Some have speculated McConnell's support of the Confederate flag might hurt his chances of becoming the college's next president
The college's search committee had more than 100 applications for the job, according to the Charleston City Paper.
Attempts to reach McConnell were unsuccessful.