Cindy Pugh, candidate for state rep., compares Muslim women to garbage bags

This image drew Cindy Pugh's ire -- toward Somalis

This image drew Cindy Pugh's ire -- toward Somalis

Tea Party candidate for state representative Cindy Pugh uses her Facebook profile to defend Scott Walker, criticize Barack Obama, and boast about her ongoing campaign to defeat incumbent state Rep. Steve Smith, a Republican from Mound.

But she also used it recently to compare Muslim women and children clad in traditional Islamic garb to garbage bags.

Pugh shared the above photo on May 21 with the following commentary: "Disturbing ... that women & little girls are OK with dressing like this!!! What will it take for these women to stand up and say, 'NO'!? Wondering if they will ever do that?!"


The photo was originally uploaded by "Proud to be an Infidel," a Muslim-bashing page with the following slogan: "It's not Islamophobia when they are really trying to kill you."

Pugh launched a right-wing campaign to unseat 22-year state Rep. Smith, a moderate Republican, earlier this year. Although Pugh defeated Smith for the Republican endorsement at the party convention May 23, he has announced that he'll challenge her in the August primary.

Pugh co-founded the Southwest Metro Tea Party and touts herself as a successful small business owner. She's also a former general manager of Dayton's in downtown Saint Paul.

Pugh did not return numerous messages requesting an interview. Smith could not be reached for comment.

Besides the harsh commentary about Muslim women, Pugh's Facebook is about what you'd expect from a hard-right candidate for public office. She shares images of bumper stickers offering to pay for your contraception if you pay for her ammunition and tries to figure out "what 'We [The People]' could do to show Michele Bachmann how much we appreciate her."

Cindy Pugh is a tea party candidate for statehouse

Cindy Pugh is a tea party candidate for statehouse