Maine Heritage Policy Center names Scott Moody CEO

Updated, 2:50 p.m.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center has turned to its own ranks for its new CEO, naming J. Scott Moody to the position.

Moody, who has been the center’s chief economist since 2006, replaces Lance Dutson, who was hired last week to manage Republican Charlie Summers’ U.S. Senate campaign.

While Moody has worked for the conservative think tank for six years, he hasn’t been based in Maine. He lives in Woodsville, N.H., where he’s president of Public Choice Analytics for the U.S. States.

In a news release, the Maine Heritage Policy Center says Moody plans to relocate to Maine.

Moody, according to his Maine Heritage Policy Center biography, has also worked for the Heritage Foundation and the Tax Foundation, both based in Washington, D.C. As the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s chief economist, Moody has called for the elimination of Maine’s state income tax and frequently holds up New Hampshire as a tax policy model.