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Schwarzenegger unveils diverse transition team

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Schwarzenegger: "You will see a very diversified team of people."

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SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- Trying to send a message of inclusiveness after a rancorous recall campaign, California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of a transition team Thursday that includes political luminaries from both the left and right.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, also launched a comprehensive audit to "let the sunshine in" on the state's troubled finances, a task that will be overseen by a woman who has done similar work for three other GOP governors, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The 65-member transition team includes the state's last previous Republican governor, Pete Wilson; the former GOP mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan; George Shultz, who was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state; and Bill Simon, a Republican who dropped out of the recall race.

It also includes Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown -- both Democrats who campaigned alongside Gov. Gray Davis in his efforts to beat the recall -- and Susan Estrich, a law professor who ran the losing presidential campaign of Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988.

"As I said in my campaign all along, I want to reach out. I want to be the people's governor," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference.

"You will see a very diversified team of people on that list. You will see people that are to the left, people that are to the right and people that are to the center."

But U.S. Rep. David Drier, a Schwarzenegger campaign confidant who will chair the transition team, made it clear that despite its diversity the governor-elect's political philosophy will guide the decision-making

"He has regularly underscored his fiscally conservative policies," said Drier. "He is in a position where he will get a wide range of recommendations from the people throughout the state ... and as those recommendations come in, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making the final decisions."

Among the other appointees was Ivan Reitman, a Hollywood director who worked with Schwarzenegger on the movie "Twins."

In the closing days of the campaign, Reitman defended Schwarzenegger against charges of sexual misconduct made by two women who worked on that movie.

Also appointed was Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which seeks to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

During the campaign, Schwarzenegger's fund raising on behalf of the center was cited to counter charges that he had expressed admiration for certain qualities exhibited by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a 1975 interview.

Orange County Sheriff Mike Corona, who became a national media figure during last year's abduction and slaying of Samantha Runnion, will also serve on the team.

Schwarzenegger said he had asked Donna Arduin, budget director for Florida Gov. Bush, to oversee a comprehensive audit of state finances. She also has worked for former Michigan Gov. John Engler and New York Gov. George Pataki.

Arduin, on leave from her Florida post, said she would begin the audit Thursday afternoon. It will be completed in time for Schwarzenegger to submit a budget to the Legislature in January, she said.

"We're ready to go," she said.

During the campaign, Schwarzenegger pledged to deal with the state's budget deficits without raising taxes. He said he wanted to audit the books to find waste that could be cut to balance the books.

"We will know very soon what is in there that we don't know. Every day there are new surprises that we find," he said.

"And so we want to really open up the books and not have any surprises, because the only way that you can make good decisions is if you have all the information available. And so this is what I'm looking for."

A transition office for Schwarzenegger has opened in Sacramento, and job applications from people who want to join the administration are now being taken over the Web at

CNN correspondent Frank Buckley contributed to this report.

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