Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDonald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention Montana's environmental lobby teams with governor to kill 600 jobs Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points MORE's (D-N.Y.) endorsement of Rep. Keith Ellison on Friday, predicting it would hurt the Minnesota congressman's bid for DNC chair.

“I think Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDonald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention Montana's environmental lobby teams with governor to kill 600 jobs Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points MORE’s endorsement is the kiss of death,” Dean said at an event supporting rival DNC candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“Because I had to say no to Chuck Schumer when he demanded $5 million, because I said, ‘Chuck, you’re not getting it for the DSCC; I’m putting it into local races,” Dean added, referring to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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Dean, a former Vermont governor who chaired the DNC from 2005 to 2009, endorsed Buttigieg on Wednesday in a race that has been led by Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Voting for DNC chairman is slated to take place Saturday.

As DNC chairman, Dean set forth a "50-state strategy" widely credited with sweeping Democratic victories in Congress in 2006 and 2008. Dean briefly threw his name into the DNC race last year, but dropped out in December.

The battle for DNC chair has become a fight over the direction of the Democratic Party, with Ellison representing its emerging progressive wing and Perez boasting the support of former Obama administration officials.

Schumer backed Ellison in November, joining other prominent figures in the party such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersA case for open borders and how it can boost the world economy Sen. Sanders: 'Hypocrite' Trump rants against undocumented immigrants, but hires them at his properties On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE (D-Mass.) in backing the Minnesota congressman, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: Trump family separation policy could make the US a pariah Elizabeth Warren can unify Democrats and take back the White House Giuliani doubles down on Biden comments: 'I meant that he’s dumb' MORE endorsed Perez.

Buttigieg has gotten some attention as a potential compromise candidate between Ellison and Perez.