Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' 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 SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' 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 SandersBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Congress can protect sacred Oak Flat in Arizona from mining project MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Mass.) in backing the Minnesota congressman, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE endorsed Perez.

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