(USA TODAY) CINCINNATI — Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil publicly apologized and distanced himself from Donald Trump Monday, a day after the Democratic sheriff attended a West Chester rally for the Republican presidential candidate.
During a Monday news conference outside the Hamilton County Justice Center, Neil apologized to Hamilton County residents and the local Democratic party, saying "it was selfish," and might have damaged local Democratic party election efforts by alienating supporters.
From Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke to a Cincinnati city councilman, local Democrats widely criticized Neil's appearance at the Sunday rally. Neil said Monday he understood the criticism.
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