Joseph P. Kennedy III

Dead since 2013, Hugo Chavez gets pulled into Democratic presidential nomination fight

WASHINGTON Hugo Chavez has left the stage but he hasn't left the scene.

The late Venezuelan leader, a leftist firebrand, was inserted into the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Tuesday when Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent seeking the Democratic nomination, accused supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton of smearing him by linking him to Chavez.

"They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator," Sanders said in a fundraising email that criticized a super political action committee called Correct the Record, which supports Hillary Clinton.

The link Sanders...