Arizona's "Hashtag Governor," as Doug Ducey likes to call himself, announced yesterday that his state will start using social media to publicly shame deadbeat dads who refuse to pay their child support.
"If you're old enough to father a child, then you're old enough to accept financial responsibility for that child," Ducey continued. "If you don't want your embarrassing – unlawful – and irresponsible behavior going viral: Man up, and pay up."
Arizona is publicly shaming deadbeat dads on Twitter
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey speaks at the 28th Annual Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party at Arizona Science Center on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for Leigh Steinberg)
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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 29: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey speaks at the Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to reporters after his speech at the âDay at the Capitolâ event hosted by the Center for Arizona Policy, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. Gov. Ducey delivered the keynote speech at the event. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Republican Gov.-elect Doug Ducey, left, smiles as he gives his acceptance speech as his sons Joe Ducey, right, Sam Ducey, second from right, and Jack Ducey, fourth from right, surround their mother Angela Ducey at the Republican election night festivities Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey exits his polling station with his wife, Angela, after casting his ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ducey is facing Democratic challenger Fred Duval. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Arizona candidate for governor Republican Doug Ducey smiles on the studio set prior to a televised debate Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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"Arizona law has long [since 1999] required the Department of Economic Security to post these photos and information to the website, but Governor Ducey and Director Jeffries are aiming to amplify these efforts using social media," the department spokesperson told CNN.
Arizona is starting by highlighting 421 non-custodial parents who have accrued particularly high debts over the past five years, the spokesperson added.