Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US 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 SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US 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 Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.) in backing the Minnesota congressman, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time MORE endorsed Perez.

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