Library worker: Wisconsin Candidate was irate over gay books display

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Photo courtesy of Derrick Van Orden

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — A staffer at a southwestern Wisconsin library says a Republican congressional candidate threatened and intimidated her over a gay pride display.

Prairie du Chien Memorial Library page Kerrigan Trautsch told the La Crosse Tribune that Derrick Van Orden came into the library on June 17 and complained loudly about a display of books in the children’s section that address homosexuality in honor of Pride Month.

Trautsch says Van Orden was angry and that he said the books offended him.

She says he demanded to know who set up the display so he could teach them a lesson.

He then got a library card and checked out every book from the display except for one a patron was reading.

Van Orden narrowly lost to Ron Kind in 2020. Kind has decided to not seek his 14th term in the upcoming 2022 elections.

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