The implosion of Jaymes Diaz on the federal campaign trail has already killed off one political career. Now it threatens to derail his father's ambitions as well.
Jess Diaz has been widely expected to make his run to become the mayor of Blacktown in a vote scheduled to take place next Wednesday.
Traditionally a Labor stronghold, the Liberals took the mayoralty last year as part of the surge towards the party in western Sydney at the local government elections.
Liberal councillor Len Robinson claimed the top job with the support of the council's sole independent, Russ Dickens, who holds the balance of power.
Cr Robinson and Cr Diaz have been widely expected to both throw their hats into the ring next week, with Cr Dickens's vote set to decide the winner again. But on Tuesday, Cr Dickens cast some doubt on Cr Diaz's run.
Describing it as "a lacklustre field", the veteran of more than 30 years on Blacktown City Council wondered about the impact on Cr Diaz's candidacy of his son's now infamous campaign television interview.
Mr Diaz, who was the Liberal candidate for Greenway, was unable to name the party's six-point plan for stopping asylum seeker boats and spent the balance of his campaign in a game of cat-and-mouse with the media pack.
"Jess may not want to run because of the problems with his son in Greenway," Cr Dickens said.
"He may have to go round the corner and have a sleep for a while and get rid of the publicity".
Cr Dickens stressed that he had not spoken to Cr Diaz since before the federal election campaign, when Mr Diaz was expected to easily take the seat from Labor's Michelle Rowland who held it by just 0.8 per cent.
"You might say the Diaz name is not a good choice at the moment because of the focus on Greenway," he said.
Cr Diaz and Cr Robinson did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr Diaz's woes continued on Tuesday when he fled after being accosted by the media at a petrol station at Seven Hills.
A Liberal source said the embarrassment over Greenway was devastating for the Diaz family, whose control of the branches in the seat had ensured Jaymes's candidacy over the wishes of many in the party, including prime minister-elect, Tony Abbott. "We may not see the Diaz family again," he suggested.