Iowa Republican resigns after being caught kissing lobbyist on video

Debauchery and sex scandals are not the exclusive domain of the Democrat Party.

Iowa State Sen. Bill Dix, the leading Republican in the Iowa state Senate, resigned this week after he was caught kissing a lobbyist.

The Camera Does Not Lie.

Sen. Dix, who is married and has three children, was caught on camera in a passionate lip lock with a lobbyist and a local political website, Iowa Starting Line, published the video.

On Monday the senator resigned from office due to the scandal, The Washington Times reported.

The video was taken by customers at the Waveland Tap on University Avenue on March 1. The patrons recognized him from, ironically, a sexual harassment scandal is the state legislature.

The unnamed woman has been a lobbyist for two years.

This is not Dix’s first scandal. He fired Iowa Senate GOP caucus communications director Kirsten Anderson “hours after she reported a toxic work environment,” Starting Line wrote.

Anderson was awarded $1.75 million by an Iowa court. A settlement that Sen. Dix disputed.

“Anderson was terminated only for her poor work product and absolutely no other reason. The environment prior to my leadership was lacking in professionalism and appropriate behavior,” he said at the time. “Any issues that arose during the trial, which had not previously been reported to a supervisor, will be investigated and addressed immediately.”

The Resignation.

Sen. Dix issued a brief statement on Monday in a letter announcing his resignation.

“I resign my position as Iowa State Senator and Majority Leader effective at 2 p.m. today, March 12, 2018,” he wrote.

Iowa Senate Democrats have seized on the scandal, calling it a “serious matter” because the woman the senator was involved with was a lobbyist.

“Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation,” Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen said in a statement.

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Sex scandals and politics go together like cheese and crackers but that does not make them proper.

And it does not excuse what Sen. Dix did.

Dix finally did the right thing – but only by resigning his office.

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