WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of shocking and shameful revelations about South Carolina state Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R) in the Charleston City Paper, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is calling for a response from the South Carolina Republican Party.
Representative Rivers has consistently claimed to have earned a Ph.D. from the unaccredited Smith Christian University, even listing “Doctorate of Theology” as a bullet point on his official statehouse biography, which has since been taken down. Recently, Rivers has admitted to never completing the doctoral program requirements while at Smith, instead receiving an honorary degree from the institution.
It also came to light that Rivers authored an op-ed in the July 21st edition of The Post and Courier that lifted entire paragraphs from an op-ed released by Wyoming cattle ranchers. According to Rivers, he worked on the piece with “a friend of mine” who he refused to identify.
Now, after investigation, court records have surfaced that reveal Rivers was convicted of assault and battery in 1995. When asked by the Charleston City Paper, Rivers acknowledges the incident as “a disagreement with me and a friend… I got the best of him.”
(Photo credit: Charleston City Paper)