Poor Diana DeGette, we can’t get enough of her sad, yet determined bid for the U.S. House whip race.

It’s doomed, we’re told by everyone, but bless her heart for throwing everything she has at the race, including, uhm, candy.

Now there’s a treat so irresistible, members of Congress can’t help but pass it straight to their intern’s desk.

Apparently, others are also secretly passing around some retro candy to campaign against current Whip Jim Clyburn.

Uh oh, those better not be what we think they are.

Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina on Tuesday accused detractors of using racially-charged “dog whistles” to undermine his bid for the No. 3 slot in House Democratic leadership.

“I don’t know where it’s all coming from,” Clyburn said in an interview with McClatchy. “But someone came to me over the weekend and told me that (they heard), when I was whip before, I was a figurehead.”

DeGette’s spokesman Matt Inzeo assured McClatchy that suggestions of tokenism or lack of leadership were not coming from the candidate.

“ … it’s going to be really important to have a whip who does that job and delivers the vote,” Inzeo said.

So DeGette’s team isn’t saying the civil rights fighter from South Carolina is a token leader, they’re just insinuating that he can’t do the job or deliver voters.

Wows. Stay turned.