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Sale of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s car wash not yet finalized

Despite his statement to the contrary to a radio station, an adviser to the congressman said the deal is still pending.

Updated: 2012-10-10T05:47:54Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver hasn’t finalized the sale of his controversial Grandview car wash, an adviser said Tuesday, despite the Democrat’s statement to the contrary to a reporter for KMBZ radio.

The sale of the facility is still “pending,” the adviser said. Cleaver told the radio station the car wash had been sold.

Any final sale of the car wash would almost certainly require an agreement with the Bank of America, which has sued to recover $1.5 million from Cleaver’s company, co-owned with his wife. A sale also would likely include discussions with the Small Business Administration, which guaranteed 75 percent of the loan in 2002.

Jackson County records showed no sale of real estate as of Tuesday afternoon. Courts records also did not reflect any changes in the lawsuit involving the car wash.

Cleaver, a former Kansas City mayor, is running for reelection in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District.

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