Al Kissling was a very hard working and caring person. Even though the was busy trying to run for office. He still found time for his loved ones. He made sure he planned a head, as he was asked once in an interview of how he balances his work life and his normal life. Kissling state ” its not easy, but you just have make time. Life is to short and you can’t just work all the time” We talked with Mrs. Kissling as to what kid of activities Mr kisslings enjoys and once she told us. We where shocked. We would have never thought he enjoyed this kind of sport. What sport? Its the sport of airsoft guns. We ask why he liked this particular sport so much. He simply said, “well, because my grand kids love playing it. I got into it to be able to relate and spend time with them”. Now thats a good reason as any. We ask how does he keep up with his grand kids as we know this sports takes a lot out of you. Then he brought up a site called www.targetstoshootat.com its a site that has printable targets. Where anyone can print the targets for free and use them for practice. This was his big secret. At night when everyone is sleeping he would be practicing. His goal was to keep up with his grandkids so he can keep playing with them
Al Kissling who was the Democratic candidate for New Mexico’s 2nd district for the House of Representative wanted to see all people getting along. This is one of the reasons why he pledges to work with the Native American tribes. Even with this stand he was still well behind Republican candidate Steve Pearce in the polls. That can could change before the election. There are numerous Native American voters and their support could put Kissling in the lead.
As the center of his campaign Kissling focused on improving health care and education for Native Americans. He stated that would fund Indian health care clinics as well as a Head Start program. People all over the country can benefit from these programs especially the Indians.
Kissling brought his campaign promises to many cities including Berkley, California, to southern states Arkansas and North Carolina. He even stopped at the town of Gallup. This town is known for an Indian population that drinks a lot of alcohol. He even lived in this area from some time. He was came in contact with many who were suffering from diabetes and saw the need for improved health care.
If Kissling is elected he will support the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act which tribes have been trying to get Congress to pass for six years. He also wants to set up Habitat for Humanity office in towns such as Gallup. Another promise of Kissling is to provide resources to the local schools especially those with a high Native American population. He feels the Indians have not been represented fairly in the government and their issues need attention as well.
Kissling feels an issue that needs attention is section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This will authorize the study of tribal energy rights. Kissiling feels funding from the government should go directly to the tribes and not pass through other venues. The tribes should also be credited with their help protecting the national boarder and boarder patrol.
Native American veterans are also being overlooked according to Kissling. He wants to make sure all veterans are being taken care of and getting what was promised to them. Though he is retired Kissling still has all the right and privileges of a Presbyterian pastor. He has enough respect for the Native Americans to not impose his own faith on them.
If elected Kissling will be a strong voice for the Native American population on Capital Hill. He will make sure they are respected and honored. The government needs to start paying attention to and taking care of the Native American population.
Albert Kissling was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections in New Mexico. Kissling sought the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce.
Albert D. Kissling first drew breath in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1935. His father was a Presbyterian minister and one of the foremost spiritual leaders in North Florida. Kissling was raised in a strict Christian environment. He and his five siblings took part in all the church activities. Education was also emphasized in this close-knit family unit. During WWII Jacksonville housed several large military bases, including an Army Air Corps installation, a Marine Corps Base, and several Navy Stations. Every Sunday his parents invited several military guests present for lunch, on Sunday.
Albert’s three older sisters did very well in school, and were a hard act to follow. His teachers expected him to excel, and his mother had the highest of expectations for all her offspring and had each of them placed a grade ahead of their age group to give them an appropriate challenge. As a result, Albert was shorter than his classmates throughout his school years. Albert’s mother disapproved of sports activities, so he had to surpass the other students academically, in order to prove himself.
Kissling began his political career in high school. The summer before he commenced his senior year, he persuaded a friend to help him start a student council. The two potential candidates examined the student organizations of other schools, and arranged a meeting with the principal, the football coach, and a group of parents. A student council was established, and Albert ‘got his feet wet’ in the political arena.
After finishing high school Kissling went to the Hill Preparatory School, where he played football, basketball and participated in fencing.
During his college years at Princeton, Kissling majored in history. During the summer recesses, he worked as an intern in the Washington office his congressman, Rep. Charles E. Bennett. This experience furthered his interest in politics.
When his college years were over, Albert worked in California, near the Bay area, doing home repair jobs for a construction company.
He soon felt a call to the ministry and enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Here Kissling evolved from a mediocre academic into an excellent student. He excelled in all of his classes, and especially enjoyed biblical studies and church history. After several years at the seminary, he was selected to do a year’s internship at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia, and this experience cemented his desire to be a minister. Kissling obtained his Masters degree in Theology in New York, at the Union Seminary.
Kissling sought the Democratic nomination for Congress in 2008. His platform emphasized health care reform, pro-labor and pro-environment. Although Kissling did not win the, he has stated that it was a “good learning experience.”