Lobbyist involved with Bill Dix identified

The Iowa State Capitol. — photo by Lauren Shotwell

Update: Iowa League of Cities Executive Director Alan Kemp told the Des Moines Register that Lindsey McCune resigned on March 15.

The lobbyist seen kissing former Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has been identified as Lindsey McCune, government affairs manager for the Iowa League of Cities (ILC). According to the Iowa legislature’s database of lobbyist declarations, McCune has taken positions either for or against 120 bills during the 2017-2018 legislative session. Most of the bills dealt with issues of local control and financial assistance for cities, economic development, infrastructure and public safety.

The ILC describes itself as “the unified voice of cities, providing advocacy, training and guidance to strengthen Iowa’s communities.” The only statement the ILC has made in response to media inquiries about McCune’s involvement with Dix is, “We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we cannot comment further.”

Prior to becoming the government affairs manager for ILC, McCune worked for five months in 2015 as a legislative assistant to state Sen. Rob Hogg, the Democrat representing Cedar Rapids. She also worked on Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign as a scheduling director.

Dix resigned from the Iowa Senate yesterday, just a few hours after the political news site Iowa Starting Line published photos and a video of the Shell Rock Republican and McCune together in a Des Moines bar on March

In a statement issued yesterday after the announcement of Dix’s resignation, Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen focused on the potential impact of the relationship between McCune and Dix on the work of the Senate.

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

In contrast, Senate President Jack Whitver focused on personal side of Dix’s resignation, saying that “most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family.”

Dix, who repeatedly campaigned on “family values,” is married and has three children.

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