Imagine that. Woody Hayes a Democrat! In 1981, the Ohio State coach, a staunch Republican, cut this commercial in support of Democrat Ben Espy, a former player under Hayes who was running for Columbus City Council. Espy, the only Democrat ever endorsed by Hayes, won and eventually rose through the political ranks. But it appears the Hayes factor is no more. Espy lost his bid in November to become Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to Republican Robert Cupp.