Senator David Osmek announced today he’s running for governor. The Republican from the western Minneapolis suburb of Mound says, “First thing I’m going to do is abolish the Metropolitan Council.” On the chances for Southwest Light Rail if he’s governor, Osmek says, “Dead.” He says the Southwest Transit bus line currently brings people into downtown Minneapolis at twice the speed light rail would. “I am so sick and tired of people thinking that Southwest Light Rail and any of the current light rail systems are doing anything other than moving people out of buses into trains,” Osmek says. “That’s not changing the congestion in the metropolitan area. It’s doing nothing.” Osmek will have a tough battle, with Hennepin County moving forward on the project.