Everyone is surprised that a Republican Senator from Iowa was caught via cell phone video cheating on his wife with a female lobbyist. Just kidding. No one is surprised.
The Iowa Senate Majority Leader, Bill Dix, abruptly resigned on Monday just a few hours after a video of him kissing a female lobbyist was posted online. The Republican State Senator has served the Iowa Legislature for the last 18 years.
The move surprised his fellow Senators. Charles Schneider, a Republican Senator from West Des Moines, was quoted saying, “I’m shocked. I think everybody is, but we’ve got a job to do. That’s why people elected us — to come here and do a job and we’re going to stay focused on that job.” Schneider was tasked with filling in as floor leader during Monday’s session.
Dix held a 15-minute meeting behind closed doors in a Senate conference room where staffers had blocked the window to keep reporters from seeing in. One of the Senators in attendance said that Dix “did the right thing for himself, for his family and for Iowans today and I think as a caucus we’ll move forward.”
Although the Republicans feigned surprise at the whole incident, the Iowa Democrats have told reporters “this is nothing new.” Apparently Dix has made controversial decisions about sexual harassment at the Statehouse, and as majority leader, he was involved in a lawsuit with a former staffer that was awarded $1.75 million settlement.
The lobbyist in the video has not yet commented on the incident or the Senator’s resignation.