Washington (CNN) - Disgraced former Republican Rep. Mark Foley suggested Thursday that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner might be better served if he left Congress.
Foley resigned from Congress in 2006 after sexually explicit emails to teenage congressional pages he sent were exposed. In his first nationally televised interview since the scandal, the former Florida congressman lent advice to Weiner, who admitted engaging in inappropriate online activity with women outside his marriage after initially denying the accusations.
"In my heart, you cannot fix this from inside that building," Foley said on Fox News' "Hannity." "He's not going to get better going back into that building and hope people give him a pass."
Weiner has insisted he will remain in Congress despite increased calls for his resignation on both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation into Weiner's conduct.
Foley said he can't "analyze him (Weiner)," but empathized with the New York Democrat.
"I know what he's going through from the feeling of remorse because there's no question you feel terrible," Foley said. "I know in my heart I wouldn't have said these things. Anthony probably wouldn't either and that's the uniqueness of why this internet is trapping and capturing so many people."
But for him, Foley said "resignation was the only option."
"You can't say, let me have a time-out. Let me apologize to everybody," Foley said. "I had to step out of the process. I had to get help and I did."