Here’s the video in which two-term Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin officially announced this morning a campaign against Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in NY-1 on Long Island in 2014, pledging to bring some sanity back to chronically gridlocked Washington.

As Newsday noted, this is a re-match of the 2008 race in which Zeldin launched his political career, though he lost that challenge to Bishop that year at the age of 26. Zeldin went on to defeat former Democratic state Sen. Brian Foley in 2010 – a major upset in which the MTA payroll tax played a key role. (That issue is highlighted in Zeldin’s annonucement video).

Another Republican, George Demos, has already announced his intention to run in NY-1 in what would be his third attempt (though he dropped out of the 2012 race long before the September primary, citing his impending wedding) at ousting Bishop, and has seeded his campaign with $1 million of his own money.

But neither the NRCC nor the state GOP appears to want anything to do with the former Pataki administration aide, and the local party officials are lining up behind Zeldin, too.

Shorly after Zeldin’s video went live, John Jay LaValle, chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Party, along with all the town GOP chairs from NY-1, sent out a joint press release announcing their support for Zeldin.

“Lee Zeldin is a tremendous candidate for Congress in the First District and I am proud to support him,” said LaValle. “The Washington, DC establishment won’t know what hit them when Long Islanders send him to Congress.”

“His experience as a military officer, former federal prosecutor and outspoken independent thinker will allow him to immediately shake up Washington and help bring an end to the fiscal insanity and DC dysfunction.”

This show of GOP unity is a far cry from 2010, when there was a three-way GOP primary that included Demos, businessman Randy Altschuler and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox’s son, Chris. That brawl was won by Altschuler, who then went on to lose to Bishop by about 500 votes.

Altschuler tried again to unseat Bishop last year, but the Democratic congressman managed to squeak by. The Republicans still consider Bishop vulnerable, however – perhaps even more so, thanks to the ongoing House ethics investigation into his fundraising.

Meanwhile, Zeldin’s departure – while not surprising – leaves the state Senate GOP with a hole to fill on Long Island in what is a fairly competitive district as the Democrats prep for an aggressive push to try (yet again) to take back control of the chamber).