(CNN) - He decided against a bid this year to try and return to the U.S. Senate, but will Republican Scott Brown run instead for Massachusetts governor next year?
The former senator is non-committal, but he certainly isn't closing any doors.
"I'm going to see what happens. I know there are a lot of good candidates looking at it. It's something that I really need to recharge the engines and spend some time with my family," Brown told CNN affiliate WSHM-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, as he was attending a College Republicans event at Amherst College Sunday.
The seat is open next year, as the state's governor, Democrat Deval Patrick, is not running for re-election.
Earlier this month Brown opted against running in a June special election to fill the final 18 months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down from the Senate to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state.
Brown said not running for the Senate was a tough decision to make.
"My wife and children wanted me to do it. I would've been able to raise the money, and every poll had me up by about 20 points so yes, of course I was thinking about it," said Brown.
In January 2010, then state lawmaker Brown upset Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general, in a special election to fill the final two years of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died the previous summer.
Brown won the special election by five points over Coakley, but lost his re-election bid in November to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren by eight points. Around 2.3 million voters cast ballots in the 2010 special election, and nearly 3.2 million voted in last November's general election.
Media reports last week indicated that Brown was possibly in discussions with some of the cable news networks as a commentator. Asked about those rumors, Brown said an announcement about whether he would join a cable news channel would be made later this week.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report