Beth Van Duyne could be the GOP’s antidote to high-profile progressives when she joins Congress

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Beth Van Duyne at the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival. The former Irving mayor won a North Texas congressional seat in November. Credit: Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

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Early in her bid for a North Texas congressional seat, Beth Van Duyne went on “Fox & Friends” with three other Republican women to take aim at the brand of liberalism they planned to fight in Washington, D.C.

Informally named a “conservative squad” — the GOP’s antidote to a quartet of progressive women in the U.S. House known as “the squad” — Van Duyne said that, if elected, the GOP group’s goal was to influence a Congress “run by extremists.”