Kentucky road project benefitting London mayor fast-tracked amid political donation controversy

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A state road project in Laurel County, set to benefit a business owned by London Mayor Randall Weddle, has been expedited from Fiscal Year 2025 to 2023, the Herald-Leader’s Austin Horn reports. Weddle, a significant donor to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s re-election campaign, has come under scrutiny for his substantial political contributions, which include over $200,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party and Beshear’s campaign, surpassing the legal limit for individual donations.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet defends the project’s acceleration, citing safety and cost-saving reasons. However, some GOP officials have raised concerns, questioning potential conflicts of interest and the influence of Weddle’s donations. In addition to his contributions to the Democratic Party, Weddle and his wife recently donated $75,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, a staunch supporter of Beshear’s re-election bid.

Photo: A screenshot from Governor Andy Beshear’s YouTube channel shows him handing a large check to London Mayor Randle Weedle in recognition of a state grant the City of London received.