Bill Dix's kiss controversy sends shock waves through the Statehouse

Bill Dix's kiss controversy sends shock waves through the Statehouse

The Shell Rock Republican stepped down after the political news site Iowa Starting Line published photos and a video of Dix kissing a female lobbyist in a Des Moines bar.

Sen. David Johnson, an Ocheyedan independent who left the Republican Party in 2016 over differences with now-GOP President Donald Trump, said he had not seen the video but noted he had heard similar reports about Dix before Monday, telling reporters "this is nothing new".

The woman in the video is a registered lobbyist with the Iowa League of Cities, an organization that lobbies state government officials on behalf of cities across the state.

When asked by HO TV if Dix should resign, given that the lobbyist - who worked for municipality groups - could represent professional interests that come before Dix in the senate, Reynolds responded, "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

Dix has three children, according to the Des Moines Register, and had served in the state legislature for 18 years.

Photo Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on last fall in Des Moines.

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Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen issued a statement raising the possibility that state policy had been affected by Dix's relationship with the lobbyist. An election to fill Dix's spot in the Republican-controlled chamber will take place Wednesday.

Throughout the video, the two are very close kissing making out several times.

Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization, said in an email to AP: 'We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further'.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is set to meet with Nix on Monday.

Previous year she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal. The people told the website they recognized Dix from media coverage of state politics, including a sexual harassment trial involving Senate Republicans. Tracy Freese, a Democrat from Stout in Grundy County, had declared to run for the Senate District 25 seat, which covers Grundy, Hardin, Butler and Story counties.

Anderson asserted she was sacked in 2013 after complaining of a toxic work environment in the Senate.

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