Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on Tuesday endorsed Republican congressional candidate John Faso in the 19th district.

McLaughlin, once considered a potential candidate for the district that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson later this year, called Faso the “obvious conservative choice to send to Washington.”

“I echo the New York Post in saying that New York should have listened to John Faso’s principled conservative warnings years ago,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “John has been consistently right about the dangerous overreach of government at every level, which has culminated in an Obama Administration that operates virtually without restraint.”

“He warned that high taxes and regulations would hurt New York workers and their families, that a weakening of our military would put American lives in danger, and that unbridled liberalism would take away personal liberties, including our Second Amendment rights. If anyone can break the gridlock in Obama’s Washington it’s John Faso, and he has my strongest endorsement in this race.”

The endorsement comes as Faso faces a Republican primary in June for the nomination in the Hudson Valley district from Bob Bishop and Andrew Heaney.

Faso is a former Assembly minority leader and 2006 Republican nominee for governor.

“I have been consistently impressed by Steve McLaughlin in Albany for his guts and his clear conservative convictions,” Faso said. “Having his endorsement for Congress means a great deal to me, especially since he considered running for this seat himself. If we are going to fight to take this state and country back — if we are going to successfully battle the runaway progressivism and political correctness that is weakening our nation at its core — we need to all join forces in the fight to bring common sense back to this country.”