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Friday, June 25, 2021

Cardinal View: Retracting our endorsement of Ayomi Obuseh for District 8 Alder

Content Warning: This editorial contains mention of sexual assault and violence. 

On Feb. 25th, the Daily Cardinal Editorial Board endorsed Ayomi Obuseh for District 8 Alder in the Spring 2021 elections. However, after a Facebook post made by Obuseh on Tuesday evening, which insinuated a troubling portrayal of sexual assault survivors, we have decided to retract our original endorsement. 

At the Daily Cardinal, we stand with survivors of sexual assault; finding it critical that we — and others — do the same with our words and actions, we can no longer support Ayomi Obuseh. 

The statements made by Obuseh on the hastily-delivered social media post were discouraging, to say the least. Sexual violence remains an ongoing issue on our campus, as such, we no longer feel that she best represents the beliefs, values and interests of District 8 — a district representing the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student body. 

We believe that it is important to have a candidate that will stand with all members of the Madison and campus community. No matter the circumstances, we believe it is imperative all individuals who come forward as survivors of sexual violence must be believed. Obuseh’s comments have made us question her ability to be a voice for those who need it most. Her rash actions have further casted doubt on her candidacy and ability to truly amplify the grievances of historically underrepresented and under-recognized community members. 

Though we regret to inform our readers of this decision, it is one we strongly believe is necessary. As we move forward, it is important that all survivors are able to be heard and supported by their community, and especially so by their elected representatives.

Sexual Assault Survivor Resources: 

  • UHS Survivor Services, 608-265-5600 (option 3). 
  • The Rape Crisis Center in Madison, 24-hour hotline, 608-251-7273.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673.
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