Iowa GOP Shocked by Resignation of Bill Dix

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018

According to Iowa Starting Line, the patron who captured the video recognized Dix from media reports.

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.

Dix's resignation, Petersen said, gives GOP senators an opportunity to "finally get it right and change a culture at the Iowa Capitol".

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead", she said.

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

"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard [sic] this amendment through the Iowa House", said Dix. An election to fill Dix's spot in the Republican-controlled chamber will take place Wednesday.

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 lobbyist in the video, Lindsey McCune, did not respond to messages by phone and text from The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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". His biography had been deleted from the Iowa Senate Republicans website by Monday afternoon.

Behn, Schneider, Bertrand and others declined to speculate on who might emerge as the next Senate majority leader, calling it "the will of the caucus".

After Dix's resignation, GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement: 'I believe he made the right decision in stepping down.

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. He represented Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties. "After footing the bill for a $1.75 million settlement in Kirsten Anderson's lawsuit against Senate Republicans, Iowa taxpayers deserve nothing less", she said.

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

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