A married “family values” Iowa Republican resigned his seat in the Senate after a video surfaced showing him making out with a lobbyist while sitting at a bar in Des Moines.
Bill Dix, who was formerly the leader of Iowa’s state Senate, announced his resignation abruptly this Monday afternoon, according to the New York Daily News. His resignation came after the website Iowa Starting Line posted a video showing him kissing a woman who’s been identified as a statehouse lobbyist.
From the Daily News:
The 52-second video shows Dix, 55, and the unidentified lobbyist drinking and laughing at the bar before Dix leans in for a kiss. The hook-up reportedly occurred on March 1 at the Waveland Tap, a watering hole about five miles from the Des Moines State Capitol.
Dix, who is married with three children, faced calls for his resignation last summer over his handling of a sexual harassment settlement involving a communications director for Iowa’s Republican Senate caucus.
“[The video] is a serious matter for Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix to discuss with his family, his fellow Senate Republicans and Governor Reynolds,” Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen said in a statement. “Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation.”
During his political career, Dix promoted himself as a champion of family values and traditional marriage.
“Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution,” he said during his failed bid for Congress in 2006.
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