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"I'm going to keep all options open. I'm not going to be one of those 'ooh I'm really not thinking about it.' Of course I'm thinking about it. I'm thinking about a lot of different things," he told a local Fox affiliate on Monday night.

"But right now the best thing I can do for myself and for my piece of mind, and I think for the people of Massachusetts, is just to hang tight and recharge and be active," he added.

Recharging for Brown will include a stint as a Fox News commentator, as well as a position on the board of a Massachusetts paper company. Sources in the state say he is looking into further private sector work, including potentially a position at a law firm.

The former senator was long considered Massachusetts Republicans' best chance at regaining a seat in the upcoming special election to replace Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRon Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director as part of Russia origins probe The Memo: Biden faces balancing act Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP MORE (D-Mass.), but after running two tough races in three years, Brown decided against launching yet another bid.

His decision not to run shook up the Republican field and left the party with a handful of third-tier candidates to pursue the seat. Democratic Reps. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE and Stephen Lynch will face off in their party's primary.

But going into 2014, Republicans are optimistic about their chances to take the governor's mansion. Brown would be a strong contender in the race, and Democrats have a relatively thin bench of potential candidates for the gubernatorial race.