fasoannounceFrom the Morning Memo:

The ongoing dispute over a political action committee that’s aligned with Republican Andrew Heaney and rival GOP candidate John Faso continues amid an increasingly pitched battle for the 19th congressional district.

To recap, the PAC called the New York Jobs Council, which is backing Heaney’s campaign, released a video this week knocking Faso’s work as a lobbyist and including audio in which the candidate says he is “proud” to have done the work.

Faso’s campaign has noted the audio came from an interview in which Faso was discussing his work as a registered lobbyist for Autism Speaks.

Columbia County Republican Chairman Greg Fingar subsequently blasted Heaney’s campaign over the video in a letter to fellow chairs in the 19th congressional district.

“The very serious allegation that the Heaney campaign was involved with or had any knowledge of the ad calling Mr. Faso, a “proud lobbyist,” is both outrageous and false,” the campaign said in a statement. “This is the second time, the Faso campaign or a surrogate has irresponsibly hurled this false charge of coordination.”

In the statement, the Heaney campaign pointed to Faso’s own ties to political action committees as well.

“Nobody in New York knows more about the rules of running a SuperPac than John Faso,” the statement says. “Just a few months ago, Faso paid himself $57,000 from a PAC that he ran and understands full well that PACs are banned from coordinating with a candidate. It’s time the Faso campaign stop lying.”

The Hudson Valley House seat is one of the few districts that has an open seat this year with the retirement of Rep. Chris Gibson, who is considering a run for governor in 2018.

Republican Assemblyman Peter Lopez has also filed to run for the GOP nomination.