Former U.S. Rep To Visit Gadhafi As Rebels Lose Ground In Libyan War

Tripoli, Libya -- The latest attempt to get Moammar Gadhafi to step down and end the bloodshed in Libya comes from a former U.S. congressman set to visit the embattled leader Wednesday.

The diplomatic overture comes as rebel fighters try to recover from a heavy artillery blitz by Gadhafi forces in the town of al-Brega and residents in the western city of Misrata spend their days in fear.

Former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon is hoping to help convince Gadhafi to leave during a visit with the ruler on Wednesday, according to an opinion piece Weldon wrote for The New York Times.

"I've met him enough times to know that it will be very hard to simply bomb him into submission," Weldon wrote. The former Republican representative from Pennsylvania led a congressional delegation to Libya in 2004 and said he is visiting Tripoli this week at the invitation of Gadhafi.

Libya remains in a deadly stalemate as pro-Gadhafi forces battle opposition fighters demanding democracy and an end to Gadhafi's nearly 42-year-rule.