The not-too-subtle implication in Evans and Novak's uncharacteristic swipe at Frank Fahrenkopf {op-ed, Aug. 21} leaves the ugly and inaccurate impression that the chairman of the Republican National Committee is trading on his stature as party boss in connection with his partnership in a Washington law firm.

First, the bald assertion that Fahrenkopf's law partnership is somehow inconsistent with the RNC requirement that its chairman work "full-time" makes no sense in the context of the chairman's record. Anyone familiar with that record knows Fahrenkopf has given of himself perhaps as much as is humanly possible: physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and creatively.

Second, Fahrenkopf's standing as a partner in Hogan & Hartson, a prominent D.C. law firm, is a plus for the GOP. It no doubt gives the chairman added clout in carrying out his party duties. It reflects de facto recognition by his peers of his high standing and regard in the legal profession.

Finally, it is interesting that the Legal Times article relied upon by Evans and Novak in fact reported on the law firm partnerships of both party chairmen. Yet their column singled out only Fahrenkopf, making no mention of Democratic chairman Paul Kirk.

Could these be the same columnists who usually decry supposedly loyal sheep deserting the "right" flock? Nah, the real Evans and Novak must be on vacation.

Douglas A. Fellman