Video appears to show Senate Majority leader Dix kissing lobbyist

People walk down a staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

Iowa Starting Line, a progressive political website, posted a story Monday showing a man they say is Dix, seeming to kiss a woman, whom they say is a lobbyist in Des Moines.

She told reporters she planned to talk with him about it. It lasts about 52 seconds and shows Dix and the woman kissing.

KWWL affiliate WHO-TV asked the Governor if Dix should resign, Reynolds said "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard". "I expect to lead".

"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House", Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat.

"I want to know the facts", Reynold said, according to the Des Moines Register.

Dix did not comment on the circumstances surrounding his resignation as majority leader and as state senator, though Republican Senate President Jack Whitver alluded to the website's allegations in a statement.

Neither Dix nor the lobbyist responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

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 had heard similar reports about Dix prior to Monday's posting of the video.

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The incident led to Senator Dix coming under scrutiny for his role in firing Anderson hours after she reported a toxic work environment, with the lawmaker continuing to insist firing the staffer exclusively for job performance reasons.

A married Republican senate leader has stepped down after video emerged showing him making out with a woman in a bar.

"This footage would suggest to me that the sexual harassment training was not effective, at least not for Mr. Dix", Carlson said.

Petersen used her statement to reiterate her criticism of Dix for how he handled a recent sexual misconduct case within the chamber, which involved former Senate GOP staffer, Kirsten Anderson.

"Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation", Petersen added.

Dix, 55, is a third-generation farmer whose district covers Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.

Dix has recently gained notoriety after he fired a Senate Republican staffer after she complained of a toxic work environment.

The Iowa Legislature has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol.

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