Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Iowa Senate majority leader resigns after video shows him kissing lobbyist

Iowa Senate majority leader resigns after video shows him kissing lobbyist

So far there has been no comment today from Republicans in the Iowa Senate, after a liberal-leaning blog posted pictures appearing to show their Majority Leader in a compromising position at a Des Moines bar.

Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber plan to elect a new majority leader on Wednesday.

The video posted on Iowa Starting Line is a serious matter for Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix to discuss with his family, his fellow Senate Republicans and Governor Reynolds.

According to Iowa Starting Line's Pat Rynard, the photos and video were taken at the Waveland Tap in Des Moines on March 1.

Gov. Kim Reynolds met with Dix this afternoon after telling Des Moines' WHO TV she was "disappointed" after initially hearing the news.

"With what little I know, I'm certainly disappointed in what I'm hearing", Reynolds told reporters. It says it was recorded March 1. She did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Dix had already been widely criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the sexual harassment problem in the Senate Republican caucus uncovered by a lawsuit brought by a former staffer. She said she hoped her conversation with Dix later would provide her with additional facts. The former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Bill Dix making out video- screen shot, 'fancy seeing you here....'Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix: What goes up must eventually come down too.... "We don't need this ongoing story about where Senate Republican leadership is on these issues dealing with women".

'Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation, ' she said in a statement.

Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.

This is a reelection year for Dix, who serves Iowa's 25th Senate district, which includes all of Hardin County, all of Grundy County and portions of Story and Butler Counties.

Dix has recently gained notoriety after he fired a Senate Republican staffer after she complained of a toxic work environment.

Dix is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in Iowa.

The Iowa Legislature has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol. The female lobbyist, who has worked at the Statehouse for the past two years, declined comment when reached by Iowa Starting Line.

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