Republican congressional hopeful Andrew Heaney announced on Thursday he would forgo the county committee screening process ahead of the June primary for the 19th district in the Hudson Valley.

The decision comes as a rival for the Republican nomination, former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, has started to amass support from local chairs.

Heaney in the letter wrote Faso’s support comes in part because of his deep ties to local leaders due to his work as a “political insider.”

”It should come as no surprise that after decades as an elected official, losing candidate for statewide office, and political insider and lobbyist, John Faso has developed deeper relationships with the Republican County Chairmen in the 19th Congressional District than I have,” said Heaney, a businessman from Milbrook. “I will respect their choice and their longstanding friendships, but it won’t prevent me from taking my case to the voters in the June primary. Not one bit.”

County chairs stating a preference in the race helps a candidate with the practical nuts-and-bolts of running a campaign in a primary, such as carrying petitions.

Heaney expects to be on the June primary ballot regardless, and indicated he’ll be further campaigning on a theme of being a political outsider in an election year in which that could resonate with voters.

“The people of this district are hungry for real conservative change, and we can give it to them, but only if we as Republicans nominate the best candidate – a candidate uncompromised by the special interests and insiders who have been dismantling the promise of the American Dream,” he wrote in the letter. “I believe I am that candidate.”

Updated: The Faso campaign responded, pointing to Heaney having only recently moved to the district and contributed to President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

“Seeing that he is likely to lose the GOP nomination among grassroots Republicans, Mr. Heaney, after having agreed to this nominating process, is taking his bat and ball and leaving the field with another negative attack,” Faso’s campaign said. “His arrogant actions tell grassroots GOP activists all they need to know about Mr. Heaney’s character and temperament for office.”