Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse 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 SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse 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 SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.) in backing the Minnesota congressman, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Romney: Republicans don't criticize Trump because they fear it will help Warren MORE endorsed Perez.

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