08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Penry Violated Pledge To Serve Out State Senate Term, Says Former Opponent

Dana Barker was 77 years old and the head of the Garfield County Democratic Party in 2006 when he took on then 30-year-old rising Republican star Josh Penry in the race for State Senate's District 7 on Colorado's energy-rich Western Slope.

Barker said he got the former Mesa State College football star from Grand Junction to sign a pledge stating that none of the candidates in that SD-7 race would seek higher office or quit to take another job before fulfilling the full, four-year term at the State Capitol in Denver.

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