Officials with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are recruiting the 58-year-old retired New York Giant for a race against five-term Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in a northern New Jersey district.
Carson said Wednesday he's interested.
"I may be able to speak more about it in the next week or two," Carson said in a telephone interview.
Carson said he had just arrived in Hawaii for a family vacation after a chaotic and difficult two months, marked by the deaths of his brother and stepfather-in-law. He also mentioned the excitement of his former team's improbable playoff run from a 9-7 record to Super Bowl champions.
"This is an opportunity for me to clear my mind, think rationally about my future and whether I do something along that line," he said of a political career.
Since retiring, Carson has worked in broadcasting, written two books and started his own consulting and promotions company.
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