Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s campaign is touting a new endorsement from a nationally known figure in the Democratic Party, albeit one with a slightly dented public image.

Today, former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean announced he supports Sen. Van de Putte in her run for lieutenant governor. Dean is perhaps best known for his run for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president, which many believe was derailed by an off-putting scream in an Iowa campaign speech. After dropping out of the race, Dean went on to form the group Democracy for America, which raises money and volunteer support for Democratic candidates around the country. Today’s endorsement means the group will now work to raise money for Van de Putte as well.

“I got to know Leticia when she co-chaired the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, the year we nominated Barack Obama to be our next president,” Dean said in a press release. “She is a leader who has dedicated her career to protecting families and working for prosperity for all Texans.”

The announcement follows a perceived snub toward another Texas Democrat running for higher office. Yesterday, the chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association failed to include Sen. Wendy Davis’ run for governor among the group’s targeted races.

Meanwhile, Dean and Democracy for America continue to tout their endorsement for Davis, calling her and Van de Putte’s campaigns the “best opportunity in a generation to turn Texas blue.”