It’s a lizard…it’s a man…it’s a political trick…meet the gerrymander.
The noun, gerrymander, as used in U.S. politics, means: “the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible. As a verb (used with object) it means: to subject (a state, county, etc.) to a gerrymander.”
The origin of the word is interesting; it was created in 1812, after E. Gerry (governor of Massachusetts, whose party redistricted the state in 1812) + (sala)mander, from the fancied resemblance of the map of Essex County, Mass., to this animal, after the redistricting.