City Council contender Dilip Nath lost a shot to speak to a central Queens civic group when its leader took offense at an e-mail that a Nath aide sent to hundreds of activists and reporters.
Briarwood Civic Association President Seymour Schwartz said he originally left Nath off the list for next Wednesday's candidates' night because he's a long shot to win term-limited Jim Gennaro's Fresh Meadows seat.
Nath has declared for the race, but Schwartz said Nath has "no record" of community involvement.
E-mail clouds Briarwood candidates' night
Schwartz insisted he had been reconsidering - until Nath's field organizer, Mike Sidell, fired off an Aug. 28 mass e-mail questioning Nath's exclusion.
Now, Schwartz said Nath is not welcome at the forum unless he publicly denounces Sidell.
"There is no role for that candidate, who obviously sanctions these actions," Schwartz said. "His choice of Mike Sidell is an extreme reflection of poor judgment."
But not only did Nath back Sidell, he accused Schwartz of initially excluding him based on race and now using the e-mail dustup to cover up those intentions.
Nath is Bangladeshi. The three candidates invited to the forum are white, including one who is undeclared.