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Iowa Senate majority leader steps down after video shows him kissing lobbyist

14 March 2018

A leader of the Iowa Senate is stepping down after a video posted online showed him 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 lobbyist has not been identified, but reportedly worked with the legislature, particularly Dix who was in charge of moving measures to the floor as majority leader.

Dix's departure came only a few hours after the Iowa Startling Line website posted a video it said it had obtained of Dix and the lobbyist sitting at the bar March 1 at the Waveland Tap.

Footage shows the 55 year old conservative lawmaker in an "intimate" repose with the mystery blonde woman, before the woman and married politician kiss on the lips.

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The political website said the incident was recorded March 1.

The woman in the video, Lindsey McCune, is a lobbyist representing smaller cities within the state of Iowa. She did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

"We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further", League of Cities director of government affairs and legislative counsel Robert L. Palmer said in an email to the Des Moines Register.

Senate Democrats in a statement Monday called the incident a "serious matter" and mentioned Dix's "failure to take any responsibility" after a former Senate staffer, Kirsten Anderson, filed a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment and discrimination.

Petersen also reiterated her criticism of Dix for how he handled the fallout of a recent sexual misconduct case within the chamber, which involved a former Senate GOP staffer. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago claiming she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language.

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Past year she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal. To date the woman has declined all media overtures for comment.

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

Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14.

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

He did so during his 10 years in the Iowa House of Representatives.

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Iowa Senate majority leader steps down after video shows him kissing lobbyist