Zephyr Teachout on Monday was among the 30 Democratic House candidates endorsed by President Obama.

Teachout, who had endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential campaign, was praised by Obama as an “independent fighter” for the 19th congressional district.

“I’m proud to endorse Zephyr Teachout for the United States House of Representatives,” Obama said in a statement.

“In Congress, Zephyr will be the kind of reform-minded leader we need to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, fairer country for our children. Zephyr is an independent fighter for working families, and will help create an economy that works for everyone in this district, not just the wealthy and well-connected. In Congress, I know that Zephyr will fight for independent businesses, be an advocate for ending the influence of secret money in our political system, and stand up to the big polluters that threaten our fragile water resources. I know that families throughout upstate New York can count on Zephyr to stand up for them, too.”

Obama’s endorsement comes as Democrats nationally — including nominee Hillary Clinton — are moving to bolster candidates running down ballot in an effort to potentially win control of both the House of Representatives and, more plausibly, the U.S. Senate.

Teachout is vying for the open Hudson Valley House seat that is being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson. She faces Republican former Assemblyman John Faso.

“Barack Obama has been an outstanding fighter for middle class families,” said Teachout. “In Congress, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, invest in our schools, and bring jobs back to the Hudson Valley.

Both Faso and Teachout will face off in a debate live from Woodstock that will air on Time Warner Cable News at 7 p.m.

Updated: The Faso team responds in a lengthy statement of their own.

“It is no surprise that one liberal is endorsing another — the two share a philosophy that espouses big government as the answer for all that ails our nation. Anyone who loves Obamacare will love Professor Teachout, who stands for the same failed policies and big government interference that has stifled our economy; created a high tax and spend culture in Washington; and emboldened our enemies around the world — all while creating an uncertain future for our children and grandchildren.

The choice in this election is a clear one: I am running to change how Washington operates, get a handle on out-of-control spending and burdensome regulations, create jobs in our communities and keep our residents safe — at home and abroad. We need change in this country, not new regulations and taxes supported by Professor Teachout.”