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14 March 2018, 06:27 | Gordon Grant
People walk down a staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday
Des Moines: The top leader in the Iowa Senate resigned Monday after a website published video and photos allegedly showing the married lawmaker kissing a statehouse lobbyist.
The video was taken March 1 at Waveland Tap on University Avenue in Des Moines and has since sent shock waves through Iowa's political world.
Hours after the video went live, Dix met with fellow Republican senators and emerged minutes later to issue a brief statement: "I resign my position as Iowa State Senator and Majority Leader effective at 2 p.m. today, March 12, 2018".
"I believe he made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family", Whitver said in his statement. He had been in the Senate since 2011, and was elected as Republican leader in 2013.
"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.
Petersen used her statement to reiterate her criticism of Dix for how he handled a recent sexual misconduct case within the chamber, which involved a former Senate GOP staffer.
The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her "as a lobbyist for various municipality groups".
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According to multiple reports from Des Moines-area outlets, Republicans held the closed-door meeting, and after the meeting, Whitver released a statement about Dix's resignation.
The woman in the video, Lindsey McCune, is a lobbyist representing smaller cities within the state of Iowa.
Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel said in an email: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further".
But by early afternoon, Dix had made the decision to end his Senate stay in the final year of his second term.
After Dix's resignation, GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement: 'I believe he made the right decision in stepping down. He was later elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010, where he served as minority leader for several years. "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.
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