Tom Edsall's article on honoraria {front page, June 14} unfairly created the impression that a series of appearances I made in January of last year broke a campaign promise I made in my 1984 race against former senator Dee Huddleston. This could not be further from the truth, and I believe more time should have been spent collecting the facts.

The issue in my 1984 campaign was Dee Huddleston's attendance and not the acceptance of honoraria. My staff identified 24 occasions when former senator Huddleston missed votes in order to make a speech or appearance for honoraria. At no time did I criticize the acceptance of honoraria either during the campaign or since my election.

The trip I took was scheduled during a Senate recess, and I did not miss a vote. In fact, I had a perfect attendance record for 1986, the year examined in Mr. Edsall's article. To keep my campaign pledge, I will never miss a vote to give a speech for honoraria during my service in the U.S. Senate.

I thought it was ironic that my actions were highlighted when I took pains to provide more information than was required under Senate rules in my financial disclosure form for 1986. I don't think those of us in Congress who believe in full and fair public disclosure of our activities ought to be the ones who are attacked this way. MITCH McCONNELL U.S. Senator (R-Kentucky) Washington