Howard Dean says he's worried the race to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee could lead to intraparty conflict between those who backed 2016 nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE and supporters of her liberal primary challenger, Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE.
Dean, a Clinton backer who served as DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, announced last week that he would be running to reclaim the position. But he's not the only candidate.
“I do not want this to turn into a war between the Sanders people and the Hillary people, which it could,” Dean said in a Wednesday interview with BuzzFeed News.
Also running for the DNC chair is Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), one of the few lawmakers who backed Sanders over Clinton in the Democratic White House primary. Last week, the Vermont senator returned the favor, endorsing Ellison for the top party spot.
Liberal leader Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Misguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon MORE (Mass.), the last female Democrat in the Senate to endorse Clinton, has also thrown her support behind Ellison.
“The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” he tweeted last week.