On Tuesday, former Chelsea Housing Authority chief Michael McLaughlin plead guilty to federal charges for padding his salary and attempting to hide the fact. McLaughlin is cooperating with federal investigators but could face further charges at the state level.

Federal investigators and Attorney General Martha Coakley may have their sights set on a bigger fish — namely, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. McLaughlin allegedly ran illegal fundraisers for Murray.

Garrett Quinn and Michael Goldman joined Emily Rooney to talk about McLaughlin's appeal, as well as other political headlines from this week — the race for John Kerry's senate seat, the likelihood of a mayoral run by John Connolly, and the possible resurgence of baby-kissing, campaign-mode Thomas Menino.