US Rep. Emanuel Cleaver helps woman in distress - News - Missouri - bnd.com KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver says the lawmaker doesn't want to be portrayed as a hero after stopping to help a woman in distress. The Democrat was riding in a car Friday in Kansas City when he spotted someone waving a hand from a clump of weeds. I don't much care for your positions but you sir ARE a hero. Very few would stop to investigate in those areas of town. Most would have waved back or simply ignored it. Job well done.