"It hits me right in the gut because it's absolutely false and incorrect," Foley said in an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach. "A pedophile is somebody who is having sex with a prepubescent person. I mean, that is an outrage to be called that."
"Now I understand why my critics would (call me a pedophile) and I accept the fact that that is going to be so, but I don't have to accept the title, and I won't accept the title because it's not true," Foley added.
In the interview, Foley also spoke about his feelings on his successor, Rep. Tim Mahoney, (D-Fla.) who recently lost his House seat after admitting extramarital affairs.
"Watching Tim was not anything that made me say 'yippee-I-oh' and 'he got what he deserved,'" Foley said. "It was like another person who falls short of expectations. Another person's wrestling with some demons. There is a reason for some of the behavior and it's not for me to sit here to have a pity party or a celebration, because I know too many people. The collateral damage from what happened to Tim is exactly what happened to me. And the people I hurt, or the people he hurt, none of them deserved what we gave them."