Iowa Senate majority leader resigns amid video of kiss with lobbyist
Iowa Senate majority leader resigns amid video of kiss with lobbyist
The House Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018
12 March, 2018, 23:35
Dix, 55, did not immediately return messages seeking comment earlier Monday, but confirmed in a statement obtained by The Post that he resigned his position as state senator and majority leader as of 2 p.m. Monday. "His resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver and Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer in accordance with Iowa Code section 69.4 is attached".
Video obtained by Iowa Starting Line purportedly shows Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, a Republican from Shell Rock, kissing a woman identified only as a lobbyist for various municipality groups at a Des Moines bar on March 1.
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Kim Reynolds was asked about the video in her Monday press conference. Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, filled in for Dix at the start of Monday's session and the majority leader did not make any public comments during the day's proceedings.
"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House", Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat.
"With what little I know, I'm certainly disappointed in what I'm hearing", Reynolds told reporters. "I don't know all of the facts".
"This footage would suggest to me that the sexual harassment training was not effective, at least not for Mr. Dix", Carlson said.
"It's a disgrace to the majority party caucus".
The video was posted Monday on the political website Iowa Starting Line, who said it was shot earlier this month.
"Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation", Petersen added.
Dix has recently gained notoriety after he fired a Senate Republican staffer after she complained of a toxic work environment.
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