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Western Sydney to get Jaymes Diaz comeback

AAP logoAAP 31/07/2016

Former federal Liberal candidate and one-time laughing stock Jaymes Diaz is set to return to the political stage after winning pre-selection for the local council elections in NSW.

The politician, who gained infamy in the 2013 federal election for his bumbling take on his party's "stop the boats" policy, won the Liberal candidacy for Ward 2 of Blacktown City Council unopposed on Sunday.

His spot on the ticket was one of five masterminded by his father, branch kingpin Jess Diaz who is running for his third term on Blacktown Council.

"Councillor Diaz has managed to get all of his people up in the wards so you're going to see a very interesting ballot paper," outgoing Liberal councillor Karlo Siljeg told AAP.

It's understood Diaz's rival, Raman Bhalla, who ran for the seat of Blacktown in last year's state election, bowed out of the race yesterday clearing the path for Mr Diaz.

The controversial pick has ruffled some feathers in the party, who are wary of his political baggage.

Mr Siljeg told AAP that Mr Diaz would have to "wear the consequences" of backing his notorious son.

"That's his choice that he's made, and that's his problem. There could be lots of negativity around it that the Labor Party might exploit ... it could be a complete wipe-out in the next election," he said.

"Some sitting councillors are pretty upset they didn't win even though they've done a good job."

Jaymes Diaz made national headlines in the 2013 federal election after he failed to explain the coalition's asylum seeker policy in a disastrous television interview that was widely mocked.

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