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Remember the ABCs? Anybody But Craddick? Not you've got ABS folks, who don't like Republican House Speaker Joe Straus.

Joe Straus' face on a slot machine. Screen grab from internet ad.

Remember the ABCs? Anybody But Craddick? Now you've got ABS folks, who don't like Republican House Speaker Joe Straus.

Rebecca Forest, interviewed by the Tribune, says the new "Stop Joe" video that appeared this week on the internet was put together by Robert Hurlburt, who runs an Austin ad agency and who, she says, put the video together "as an individual" and not for a client. He's also listed as the registrant of www.stopjoe.info, where the video can be viewed and where donors are linked up with Forest's Women on the Wall.

Forest says she and Hurlburt worked together on Republican Donna Campbell's campaign for Congress and put this project together once the elections were over. She says they have received some donations, but not enough to put the video on commercial television, as they hope to do. "We're trying to put it on the air," she says. "It tells such an important story about what's going on in this state."

She says she doesn't have a favorite candidate for speaker: "Just anybody but Straus, really."

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