fasoannounceFrom the Morning Memo:

A political action committee that supports Republican Andrew Heaney’s congressional campaign is blasting fellow GOP candidate John Faso over his work as an Albany lobbyist.

The PAC, called the New York Jobs Council, released a video on YouTube on Tuesday featuring Faso saying “I’m very proud of the fact that I was a lobbyist” in a 25-second loop. Video over the audio shows various headlines on the “pay-to-play” pension fund scandal that ensnared former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi (Faso himself was never accused of any legal wrongdoing).

“Residents of New York’s 19th Congressional District should know who is asking for their vote,” said New York Jobs Council spokesman Andrew Gibson. “Does John Faso really expect voters to send a “proud” lobbyist, an ultimate Washington and Albany insider, to represent them in Congress? NY-19 deserves a Congressman who will fight for better, higher paying jobs, economic growth, and a fairer tax system, not a Congressman in the pocket of special interests.”

Faso spokesman Bill O’Reilly responded, calling the attack “sad” given the quote the video references is Faso discussing his work for Autism Speaks.

“Residents of New York’s 19th Congressional District should know who is asking for their vote,” said PAC spokesman Andrew Gibson. “Does John Faso really expect voters to send a “proud” lobbyist, an ultimate Washington and Albany insider, to represent them in Congress? NY-19 deserves a Congressman who will fight for better, higher paying jobs, economic growth, and a fairer tax system, not a Congressman in the pocket of special interests.”

Faso spokesman Bill O’Reilly responded, calling the attack “sad” given the quote the video references is Faso discussing his work for Autism Speaks.

“It is sad, but unsurprising that Andrew Heaney’s personally funded SuperPac attacks John Faso with a false and misleading ad,” O’Reilly said. “Mr. Faso’s quote refers to his representation of Autism Speaks for which he successfully got a law enacted to expand health insurance coverage for children with autism. Heaney, by contrast, another wealthy carpetbagger and an Obama donor, has lived here barely two years and has never done anything in the congressional district for anyone.”

The race for the 19th congressional district is a crowded one on the Republican side: In addition to Faso and Heaney, Assemblyman Peter Lopez is vying for the GOP nomination in the Hudson Valley.

Republicans hope to hold the district, which has been represented by Rep. Chris Gibson since 2010 (the district was redrawn in 2012 and drew in more moderate voters).

Gibson is considering a run for governor in 2018 and not running for another two-year term.