Video footage has emerged online showing Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R), a self-described “family values” conservative, kissing a lobbyist who is not his wife.
In the 52-second video clip, which was posted on the Iowa Starting Line political website, Dix is seen seated next to the woman on a barstool when the lobbyist leans over and kisses the married lawmaker.
The “cheating” incident allegedly happened March 1 at the Waveland Tap bar in Des Moines. The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her “as a lobbyist for various municipality groups.”
Starting Line also published photos of Dix and the woman sitting close together and talking at the bar.
The woman’s lobbying work would include attempting to influence Dix on public policy.
Bill Dix is married with three children, according to his statehouse biography. He co-sponsored a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.
“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. “Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Dix was not at his Capitol office on Monday, according to the Des Moines Register, and a spokesman declined to comment on the video.
Watch the video below (things get weird at the 0:45 mark):