(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Former Republican Congressman Curt Weldon says he's in Libya to convince Col. Moammar Gadhafi to step down from power for the good of the Libyan people.
Weldon, who claims he was invited by Gadhafi's chief of staff, has been in Tripoli for two days but still hasn't met with the Libyan strongman, who's in hiding while his troops are involved with rebels in a low-level war for control of the country.
The unusual visit was the former Pennsylvania's lawmaker's idea, adding, "No one's paying me to be here. I'm here because I want to do something positive. And I want to help my government get out of what is a very difficult situation."
At the U.S. State Department, press secretary Mark Toner told reporters, "I don't know if it is helpful or unhelpful. He is not representing the U.S. government."
Weldon was a ten-term congressman who traveled to Libya in 2004 to help build relations between Washington and Tripoli. He was also the subject of a FBI corruption probe but was never charged.
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